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Pelosi Insists The Mother Comes First While Dodging Abortion Questions

Asked whether she believes an unborn child is human at 20 weeks, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said it’s not up to politicians to decide how a woman handles her health.

“I don’t think it’s up to politicians to do that,” Pelosi said in a briefing Thursday. “And that’s why we are very overwhelmingly opposing what is going on in the House.”

House Republicans had planned to pass a late-term abortion ban Thursday to coincide with the annual March For Life, but scrapped the bill at the last minute for a bill that would ban federal funding for abortions. A group of moderate members objected to the original bill’s rule that only reported cases of rape and incest could be used to get an exception from the 20-week abortion ban.  (RELATED: House GOP Nixes Planned Vote On Anti-Abortion Bill They Passed In 2013)

“This is not a success for women and their reproductive health,” Pelosi said about the second bill.

Pressed again about her personal view on when a child becomes human, Pelosi said a woman’s life and health come first.

“You know it’s really interesting that you would come to these meetings to talk about [abortion],” she told the reporter. “The fact is what we have said. The life and the health of a mother is what is preeminent when a decision is made about a woman’s reproductive health.”

“It isn’t an ideological fight,” she added. “It’s a personal health issue. This is up to women — their conscience, their god their doctor, their health, their fate, survival.”

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