Pelosi hits back at Newsom’s criticism of Democrats, says abortion rights a ‘constant fight’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hit back on Sunday at Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s criticism of her party, saying she had been fighting for “decades” for abortion rights in Congress and that anyone saying otherwise was “unaware” of this fight.

During an appearance on “Face the Nation,” Pelosi was asked to respond to Newsom, who criticized his own party for being too passive on the abortion issue after a leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court threatened to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during a press conference in Oakland, California on October 27, 2021.
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

“Where is the Democratic Party?” Newsom told Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles on Wednesday. “Why don’t we call it that? It’s a concerted, coordinated effort, and, yes, they’re winning. We have to stand up. Where’s the counteroffensive?”

Pelosi pushed back on the comments on Sunday, saying, “We’ve consistently fought against Republicans in Congress.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.  On Monday, Pelosi announced that proxy voting would remain in place for House members until at least May 14.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. On Monday, Pelosi announced that proxy voting would remain in place for House members until at least May 14.
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“Because the fact is that they are not only against a woman’s right to choose in terms of termination of pregnancy, but in terms of access to contraception and family planning and the rest, to the both nationally and globally,” Pelosi continued. “It’s a constant fight that we’ve been fighting for generations – decades, I should say, in my case, in Congress.

“We had been bipartisan at first, in favor of a woman’s right to choose, until the policy changed, and that’s what happened in court,” she said. “The science hasn’t changed, but the court has changed, and so they decide it will be different.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California speaks during her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 31, 2022.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California speaks during her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 31, 2022.
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“I don’t know why anyone would make that statement unless they don’t know about the fight that’s going on,” she added, referring to Newsom.

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The abortion debate is once again sweeping the nation in reaction to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft opinion for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization which, if released as a majority opinion, would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case.

California envisions becoming an abortion “sanctuary,” where reproductive rights are broadly protected and patients can travel from other states to obtain services. A proposal seeks to guarantee a right to abortion in the state constitution.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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