by Ben Johnson
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 31, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The highest-ranking Catholic Democrat in the House of Representatives will receive an award from the nation's largest abortion provider.
On Friday morning, Planned Parenthood announced it would be awarding House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi its Margaret Sanger Award, the group's “highest honor.”
Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards said it gave her “great pleasure” to bestow “our highest recognition of leadership, excellence, and outstanding contributions to the reproductive health and rights movement” to the former House Speaker.
“No one is more deserving of this honor than Leader Pelosi, who has fought tirelessly throughout her career to protect and expand women’s access to health care.”
Chief among the reasons for granting the award is Pelosi's “leadership in passing the Affordable Care Act,” conventionally known as ObamaCare, which Richards called “the greatest advancement for women’s health in a generation.”
Planned Parenthood said in a press release that Pelosi would join such “distinguished company” as Hilary Clinton, Roe v. Wade author Justice Harry Blackmun, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, lesbian congresswoman Bella Abzug, Alan Guttmacher, Democratic Socialists of America honorary chair Dolores Huerta, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Critics have said Margaret Sanger is not very “distinguished company,” given her support of eugenics. Sanger referred to certain people as “human weeds” and partnered with the Ku Klux Klan to reduce the growth of “undesirable” populations.
The website Twitchy.com likened the prize to being named “Eugenicist of the Year.”
This is not Pelosi's first award from the nation's largest abortion provider.
As LifeSiteNews reported, she received Planned Parenthood's Champion for Women's Health award in 2010. The activist group selected Pelosi because she was “instrumental” in leading "her female colleagues in Congress as they stood strong against attempts to insert the Stupak abortion ban into" ObamaCare.
Former Congressman Stupak has said the president is violating the law's prohibition against funding abortion with taxpayer dollars.
In 2011, Pelosi said defunding Planned Parenthood was only one of “the horrors” Republicans might perpetrate.
In 2012, she described the Girl Scouts of America's relationship with Planned Parenthood as “very valuable.” When the nation's Catholic bishops opposed the HHS mandate, she dismissed them as “lobbyists.”
That has not kept the congresswoman, who represents San Francisco, from brandishing her Catholic bona fides in a public manner. Last June, she invoked her Catholic faith to say abortion is “sacred ground.” Calling herself “an ardent, practicing Catholic,” she previously stated in error that the Catholic Church had no position on the morality of abortion until “like maybe 50 years” ago.
Pelosi will receive the award at Planned Parenthood's “Stronger Together” annual gala in Washington, D.C., on March 27.