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Pelosi clashes with reporter over abortion bill, Kermit Gosnell

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi got into a heated exchange Thursday with a reporter from the conservative Weekly Standard, after he asked California Democrat about abortion and Philadelphia abortion provider Kermit Gosnell.

The reporter, John McCormack, noted that House Republicans are pushing a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in response to the horrors committed by Gosnell, an abortion doctor who was recently sentenced to life in prison for the deaths of three infants who were born at his abortion clinic.

"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 her birth?" McCormack asked.

Pelosi shot back: "Okay. You're probably enjoying that question a lot. I can see you savoring it."

She continued: "But let me just tell you this: What was done in Philadelphia was reprehensible, and everyone condemned. For them to decide to disrespect a judgement a woman makes about her reproductive health is reprehensible. Next question."

But McCormack wasn't ready to move on.

"What's the moral difference between 26 weeks' elective abortion and killing of that same infant born alive?" he asked. "This is the issue..."

Pelosi interrupted: "This is not the issue. They are saying that there's no abortion, and we make it a federal law -- that there be no abortion in our country. You're taking the extreme case."

When the reporter pushed again, Pelosi bristled more.

"I'm not going to have this conversation with you because you obviously have an agenda," Pelosi said. "You're not interested in having an answer."

See the video here; the exchange begins at about the 6:45 mark:

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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