Pelosi shuts down reporter's ‘ideological’ question on abortion

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday refused to answer a conservative reporter's question about at what point she believes human life begins.

“I do not intend to respond to your questions, which have no basis in what public policy is that we do here,” Pelosi told the CNS News reporter, who spoke over other reporters to raise the question.


The reporter, Sam Dorman from CNS News, sat in the front row of her weekly press conference and asked: “Is an unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver a human being?”

As Pelosi began to dismiss the question as ideological, Dorman interrupted her and pressed her to answer.

“Listen, I’m going to say something to you," Pelosi replied sharply. "I don’t know who you are and you are welcome to be here in freedom of this press. I am a devout, practicing Catholic. I’m a mother of five children. When my baby was born, my fifth child, my oldest was six. I think I know more about this subject than you, with all due respect."

Pelosi has given similar responses to other reporters asking about her stance on abortion — questions that have increased in light of the undercover video controversy over Planned Parenthood.

The exchange comes one day after House approved a government spending bill that did not block funding for Planned Parenthood, over the objections of many conservatives.

Earlier this week, Pelosi joined several House Democrats at an event supporting Planned Parenthood, in which she declared "solidarity" with the organization.