Pelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award

Pelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Pelosi hits Trump, Netanyahu for 'weakness' amid tensions over Omar and Tlaib In Hong Kong, the need for peaceful persistence MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday night received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for her efforts in expanding Americans’ access to health care, among other things.

At a ceremony Sunday night in Boston's John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Pelosi was the star of the night, lauded with several speeches before taking the stage to accept her award.

“I’m totally at a loss for words. I’m speechless. I’m overwhelmed by the honor of it all,” she said.


Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President Kennedy, presented Pelosi with the award after a short speech in which she applauded Pelosi for “consistently acting in service of our highest principles and our most vulnerable citizens.”

Pelosi was joined by several members of the Kennedy family onstage after receiving the award.

The California Democrat also touched on the recently passed near-total abortion ban in Alabama, saying the government should not be involved in the choices women make regarding their own bodies.

“I don’t think any politician should have anything to say about a woman’s timing or size of her family or a women’s health,” she said, according to local outlet CBS 4 WBZ.

Pelosi was honored with the prestigious award for her role in “putting the national interest above her party's interest to expand access to health care for all Americans and then, against a wave of political attacks, leading the effort to retake the majority and elect the most diverse Congress in our nation's history,” according to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s website.

Previous honorees of the annual award include former Presidents Obama and Ford and prominent lawmakers including Rep. John LewisJohn LewisCummings invites Trump to visit Baltimore House Democrat knocks Trump's Cummings tweet: 'This guy is a terrible, terrible human being' George Wallace's daughter: 'I saw Daddy a lot' during 2016 election MORE (D-Ga.) and the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? Trump makes rare trip to Clinton state, hoping to win back New Hampshire Graham promises ObamaCare repeal if Trump, Republicans win in 2020 MORE (R-Ariz.).