Nancy Pelosi admits she hasn’t seen any of the undercover Planned Parenthood sting videos, hours of footage which is alleged to show several high level clinic administrators discussing the trafficking and illegal sales of aborted baby parts.
Regardless, the house minority leader is certain those who released the videos, which she denies “are real,” are likely guilty of some infraction, and require an investigation into how they “obtained” and “doctored” the videos, even though the group behind the videos, the Center for Medical Progress, have released hours of completely unedited footage.
Speaking to Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday, Pelosi toed the progressive liberal democrat line in defending Planned Parenthood when asked how she reconciles Pope Francis’ pro-life stance with her own pro-abortion views politically.
TAPPER: How does somebody like you who is a very strong progressive, but also somebody steeped in Catholic school, how do you reconcile the Pope’s view and the Church’s view of abortion to where you are politically, which is exactly on the opposite side?
PELOSI: For me as a mother of five, when I brought my — when my husband and I brought our baby home from the hospital, our fifth child, our oldest was turning six that week. It was a beautiful, wonderful thing for us. But it’s not up to us to decide that it’s a beautiful, wonderful thing for other people, the sizing and timing of their — size and timing of their family is a personal decision, not a political decision. And so this issue is not just about terminating a pregnancy. It’s about family planning and that is the fight in Congress. People don’t know that. They think it’s just about one thing.
TAPPER: On the subject of the Planned Parenthood and the attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, have you seen the videos? Is there not anything on those videos that bothers you at all?
PELOSI: I don’t stipulate that these videos are real. And the fact is — and fact is that the research that is being criticized there is research that has been supported. Now, I haven’t seen — I’ve seen some news reports of it, but I also know that it’s not real and you can create any reality that you want.
TAPPER: So OK. Even if you don’t accept the videos on their face —
PELOSI: I think they should be investigated as to how they obtained those and doctored those and then had them be accepted as something that was an indictment against Planned Parenthood because that’s not true.
TAPPER: Are you at all disappointed by the leadership of Planned Parenthood for letting these cameras in, by being fooled by officials at Planned Parenthood saying things that even Planned Parenthood had to apologize for, for letting these cameras into their labs? It seems like if you support the mission of Planned Parenthood, you might be upset with glibness or a lack of responsibility.
PELOSI: Well, I think that Planned Parenthood has excellent leadership. Cecile Richards, the president, is a spectacular leader in our country. I do think that Planned Parenthood is many people that consists of many state organizations and some of them maybe not as, how should I say it, aware of the assault that was going to be made on them and perhaps they spoke in a way that could be misinterpreted.
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