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A Catholic pro-life group recently issued an open letter where they urged Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to condemn abortion or leave the Church.
"Public servants are supposed to be able to tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public. Apparently, you can't," wrote the national director of Priests for Life Father Frank Pavone in the letter.
It was written by the organization in response to an argument she had with a reporter from The Weekly Standard who asked her to clarify her position on abortion while discussing the Kermit Gosnell case at a press conference today.
"What is the moral difference between what Dr. Gosnell did to a baby born alive at 23 weeks and aborting her moments before birth," asked the reporter.
Pelosi responded by dismissing the question and made q statement that caught the attention of the pro-life movement.
"What was done in Philadelphia was reprehensible and everybody condemned it. For them to decide to disrespect a judgment a woman makes about her reproductive health is reprehensible," she said. "Next question."
She also addressed her faith and right to privacy after being further pressed by the media.
"As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this. I don't think it should have anything to do with politics. And that's where you're taking it and I'm not going there," said Pelosi.
Pavone responded to her statements expressing his dissatisfaction with her as a Catholic and public servant.
"Abortion is not sacred ground; it is sacrilegious ground. To imagine God giving the slightest approval to an act that dismembers a child he created is offensive to both faith and reason," he wrote. "And to say that a question about the difference between legal and medical procedure and murder should not 'have anything to do with politics' reveals a profound failure to understand your own polical responsibilities, which start with the duty to secure the God-given right to life of every citizen."
"Whatever Catholic faith you claim to respect and practices, it is not the faith that the Catholic Church teaches," he continued. "And I speak for countless Catholics when I say that it's time for you to stop speaking as if it were."