Nancy Pelosi brings it: “We have to make this issue too hot to handle.”

Nancy Pelosi speaking in green suit

Nancy Pelosi is bringing it big time. In a conference call with bloggers yesterday, she called the recent anti-choice push in the House “the most comprehensive and radical assault on women’s health in our life time.” And she and Rep. Diana DeGette promised that pro-choice members of Congress are ready for an all-out fight. The Plum Line reports:

Pelosi acknowledged that Dems could not stop Republicans from passing their anti-abortion agenda through the House. But she said it was crucial that pro-choice forces and Dems kick up enough noise to ensure that it dies in the Senate: “We have to make this issue too hot to handle.”

Pelosi added that the irreconcilable philosophical differences between Republicans and Dems on abortion left Dems no choice but to adopt a scorched-earth approach to the war ahead. “We don’t have a set of shared values,” she said. “We have to fight this out in the public domain, so when we move to the Senate it has no popular support.”

It’s so refreshing to hear a Democratic politician bluntly and unapologetically acknowledge that sometimes there is no common ground or room for compromise. When it comes to bills as extreme as HR3, HR358 and the proposal to eliminate family planning funding, it’s time to just play hard ball. And Pelosi sure knows how to do that.

Other pro-choice lawmakers who’ve made me proud this week: New York’s Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Jerry Nadler.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Matt

    Fortunately, the Senate should be able to kill the bill. It is probable (although not a certainty) that 50 members in the Democratic caucus are ready to vote against it and any procedure to try to advance it, and even if that much will fail, the Democrats should muster enough numbers to filibuster the bill indefinitely. In the unlikely event that 13 members of the 53 member caucus defect or lose their will to stop the bill, Obama can veto the measure, and the votes simply won’t be there to override the bill.

    Just like the healthcare repeal bill, this bill isn’t going anywhere this term. Still, establishing the moral problem with the bill is worthwhile, because the party demographics can change after elections, and the cultural impact of such a bill (if passed) is severe.

  • Jessica “Jess” Victoria Carillo

    Hello Madame Speaker Nancy Pelosi!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I seen that this is a big month for you and me: what with you appearing on the cover of Ms. magazine all awesome, badass, and damned fabulous and me turning 21. Here’s a video for you by Sora and the DigiGirls!!!!!!!