Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thinks that the vast majority of Americans who are currently struggling in President Joe Biden’s economy with high food, housing, and gas prices are more concerned about re-litigating the Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling that struck down Roe v. Wade.
In an appearance Sunday on MSNBC, Pelosi, who is Catholic, said running on codifying abortion in federal law — or some other way — is what will win her party back control of the House and help keep the Senate.
“Everybody said we’re going to lose 30, 40 seats,” Pelosi told “Inside with Jen Psaki.”
“Last time we lost five and everybody says you had the wrong message. They were saying to me, you’re going to owe an apology to the members because Dobbs is in the rearview mirror. But it wasn’t. It was up front, and it is right up in front of women in our country,” she added.
Pelosi’s interview coincided with former President Donald Trump proclaiming himself as the “most pro-life president” in history. Additionally, former Vice President Mike Pence commemorated the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by urging all Republican candidates for the 2024 presidential election to commit to advocating for a 15-week abortion ban as a “minimum standard” if elected.
Pelosi told Psaki that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe, as well as Planned Parenthood v. Casey, must be reversed “one way or another.”
“Our country has always been about expanding freedom. Until now, this court, ignoring its own precedent and the right of privacy in the Constitution,” Pelosi said. “So we have to reverse that. And Congress has the right to do that one way or another.”
Pelosi also stopped short of endorsing the notion of “packing” the Supreme Court with left-wing justices, which many Democrats have endorsed.
“The president formed a commission. They did not recommend expansion of the court. That shouldn’t be the end of it, but there certainly should be term limits,” Pelosi said.
For his part, Pence is arguing for Republicans to support a 15-week federal ban.
“That would align American law with most of the countries in Europe that literally ban abortion after 12 to 15 weeks,” Pence said. “Our laws at the national level today are more aligned with North Korea, China and Iran than with other Western countries in Europe.”