The following comes from an October 20 LifeSite News article by Ben Johnson:

House Minority Leader Pelosi held up Cecile Richards as a role model during a question-and-answer session with the Texas Tribune, a “progressive” publication in the conservative state.

Pelosi said Texas had not yet contributed in a positive way to the nation’s commonweal by – for instance – electing more Democrats to Congress. However, Pelosi said some figures from the state deserved praise.

“We all want to be Ann Richards,” she said, referring to the one-term Democratic governor (1991-5).

Ann Richards, the last Democratic governor of Texas, got her start aiding the political career of Sarah Weddington, the lead attorney supporting abortion in the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case.

“Speaking of Ann Richards, aren’t we all proud of Cecile Richards?” Pelosi, who describes herself as “an ardent, practicing Catholic”, asked those present.

Cecile Richards, the embattled president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, is Ann Richards’ daughter.

Pelosi made her comment as Planned Parenthood remains under multiple Congressional investigations for allegedly altering their abortion technique to maximize the number of organs harvested for biomedical researchers, a service for which some Planned Parenthood affiliates receive $60 per body part.

It also came just two days before Texas decided to remove Planned Parenthood from the state Medicaid program – a move Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says the rest of the country should follow.