During a press conference on Thursday June 14, Nancy Pelosi took time to attack the leadership of the House Judiciary Committee for passing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

The act, which would limit abortions to no later than 20 weeks, is based on a recent study that found that infants in the womb can feel pain. The findings are surprising to many in the medical community who assumed that premature infants also had premature nervous systems incapable of feeling pain.

During the press conference, Pelosi was asked the following question by an off camera  reporter from The Weekly Standard:

"Members who have proposed [the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act] have done that in the wake of this murder trial in Philadelphia. They argue that there really isn't much of a moral difference between what someone like Dr. Kermit Gosnell did to infants born at 23, 24, 25 weeks into pregnancy, and what can [legally] happen at a clinic down the road in Maryland where a doctor says that he'll perform an elective abortions 28 weeks into pregnancy. So the question I have for you is what is the moral difference between what Dr. Gosnell did to a baby born alive at 23 weeks and aborting her moments before birth?"

In response, Pelosi described "what happened in Philidelphia" as "reprehensible." She followed up by describing the House Judiciary Committee's vote on the Fetal Pain Act in a similarly light saying, "for them to decide to disrespect a judgment a woman makes about her reproductive health is reprehensible."

Pelosi attempted to move to a new question, but the same reporter from The Weekly Standard insists that she answer his original question.

Pelosi accused the reporter of having "an agenda" and stopped the conversation with the following statement.  "I want to tell you something. As the mother of five children, my oldest child was six years old the day I brought my fifth child home from the hospital, as a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this. I don't think it should have anything to do with politics. And that's where you're taking it and I'm not going there."