On the House floor today, in disgustingly disingenuous fashion, Nancy Pelosi smeared the intent behind the Protect Life Act, which aims to ensure that no funds authorized or appropriated by Obamacare may be used to pay for abortion or abortion coverage and also reinstates conscience protections for pro-life medical workers.

“For a moment, I want to get back to what was asked about the issue on the floor today that Mr. Hoyer addressed,” Pelosi said. “He made a point and I want to emphasize it. Under this bill, when the Republicans vote for this bill today, they will be voting to say that women can die on the floor and health care providers do not have to intervene if this bill is passed. It’s just appalling.”

No, Ms. Pelosi, what’s appalling is that you want health care providers to have to cooperate with the murder of babies in the womb.

When pregnancy, labor or childbirth complications arise that threaten the life of the mother, doctors have traditionally done and will continue to do whatever they can to save both mother and child. That has nothing to do with abortion — and conscience protections for medical providers won’t change that.

Meantime, Pelosi’s atrocious attack reflects the astoundingly blind nature of her attachment to abortion. That she can muddle the issue this much, that she can fail to see just how vital conscience protections really are to freedom of religion, that she would ascribe so implausible and offensive a motive to men and women who, with this bill, simply aim to uphold the will of the American people in this matter (the vast majority of whom — theoretically including President Barack Obama — never wanted taxpayer funding for abortion to be a part of Obamacare in the first place) all suggests that she has zero interest in the truth about the direction in which the abortion debate has moved. She’d rather spout platitudes about women’s rights and malicious accusations about Republicans’ motives than take just one moment to examine just how widespread opposition to abortion and abortion funding has become — or, for that matter, to weigh heavily the teachings of the Church to which she professes to belong.