House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday declared that the U.S. Supreme Court is “dangerous to the freedoms of our country” and endorsed actions by private companies to provide abortion benefits to employees that may live in states with strong pro-life laws if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Pelosi was interviewed on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday after Democrats failed to pass a radical abortion bill last week that would codify Roe and dramatically expand abortion rights by overruling state laws regulating abortion procedures for health and safety or protecting the religious conscience rights of faith-based health care providers.
Host Dana Bash asked what the California Democrat would encourage women to do if they want to obtain an abortion, but live in a state where it would be banned in a post-Roe America.
“For example, would you encourage private companies to provide travel for abortions as a health benefit?” Bash asked.
“Well, of course, that, but the fact is we, as a country — this is — let’s just put this in perspective,” Pelosi said. She argued that the history of the Constitution is one of expanding freedoms, citing how previous court decisions on abortion or gay marriage have defined freedom “more fully.”
“This is the first time the court has taken back a freedom that was defined by precedent and respect for privacy,” Pelosi said. “So, let’s stay focused on who we are as the country and not turn into something where we have to depend on [private companies]. I think that’s all good. It’s helpful to the women, and that’s important.
“But it’s also important to know that this is not right. This is not the path of freedom for our country. So they’re putting freedom on the ballot. And our democracy has been on the ballot because of what they have — are doing to elections,” she said.
Pelosi went on to assert that everything from gay marriage to the right to use contraceptives would be in danger if the court overturns Roe.
“Let’s not take our eye off the ball. The ball is this court, which is dangerous to the freedoms of our country. Beware in terms of marriage equality. Beware in terms of other aspects of it,” she said.
“The fact is, this is a dangerous court to families, to freedom in our country. And that is why people have to mobilize. And my saying is, we don’t agonize; we organize. We go out there and make sure people know that, if they — actually, elections have consequences.”
Speaker Pelosi on CNN’s State of the Union with Dana Bash