House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on May 12 defended her support for Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), one of the few pro-life Democrats left in Congress.
“I’m supporting Henry Cuellar. He’s a valued member of our caucus,” Pelosi, who supports widely available abortion, told reporters in Washington.
Cuellar does not support abortion, but “we didn’t need him” to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would ban many restrictions on abortions, Pelosi added. “We passed the bill with what we had.”
Cuellar was the only House Democrat to vote against the act in 2021. A bipartisan Senate vote this week blocked the bill after opponents deemed it too extreme.


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