A major pro-life group is pushing back against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she labeled the Texas heartbeat abortion ban an "immoral" law and pledged to fight it with legislation.
Pelosi made the remarks after the law went into effect and after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block it. The law requires doctors and clinics to check for a fetal heartbeat and – if one is found – prohibits an abortion from taking place. Typically, that is around six weeks of pregnancy.
Pelosi, a Democrat from California, declined to call the law by its name: the Texas Heartbeat Act. Instead, she referred to it as "SB8."
"This radical law is an all out effort to erase the rights and protections of Roe v Wade," Pelosi said in a series of tweets. "Every woman, everywhere has the constitutional and moral right to basic reproductive health care. We will fight SB8 and all immoral and dangerous attacks on women's health and freedoms with all our strength."
Every woman, everywhere has the constitutional and moral right to basic reproductive health care. We will fight SB8 and all immoral and dangerous attacks on women’s health and freedoms with all our strength.— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 1, 2021
Opponents have found the law difficult to challenge because it allows private citizens – and not state officials – to enforce it. The law permits citizens to sue anyone who "performs or induces an abortion" or "knowingly engages in conduct that aids or abets the performance or inducement of an abortion." The law allows civil damages of at least $10,000 for each suit.
The pro-life group Live Action rejected Pelosi's argument and said, "there is nothing morally sound about killing a woman's preborn child and calling it a right or a freedom."
"The very act of abortion is immoral, dangerous, and unethical," Live Action said. "... Abortion is a horrific and immoral act that harms vulnerable women and allows abusive men to further hurt and control their victims. Abortion makes women look at their own children as oppressors who hold them back. Abortion says that the ability to carry a child and give birth makes women less than men. Abortion is the catastrophe."
In a tweet, Live Action said of Pelosi's argument: "This is backwards."
This is backwards. https://t.co/2TlnFwzBbQ— Live Action (@LiveAction) September 13, 2021
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.