Last night before going to sleep, I saw this article on Drudge:

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi boldly defended a move to add birth control funding to the new economic “stimulus” package, claiming “contraception will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.”

Pelosi, the mother of 5 children and 6 grandchildren, who once said, “Nothing in my life will ever, ever compare to being a mom,” seemed to imply babies are somehow a burden on the treasury.

The revelation came during an exchange Sunday morning on ABC’s THIS WEEK.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services. How is that stimulus?

PELOSI: Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children’s health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those – one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So no apologies for that?

PELOSI: No apologies. No. We have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy.


Several observations are appropriate here. First, and most importantly, Speaker Pelosi isn’t the least bit concerned with the loss of human life. Second, Speaker Pelosi is admitting that a significant number of abortions happen solely for financial reasons. Third, and least signifcantly, this is one of the flimsiest justifications for any expenditure I’ve ever heard.

She got caught flat-footed on this question. She didn’t expect Stephanopoulos to ask her about spending money on an article of the Democrats’ faith. I’m betting that’s why she scrambled and put together such a flimsy answer.

It’s a revealing insight into Ms. Pelosi’s mind, though it wasn’t a particularly nice sight.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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