Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) is currently the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Since 1987, she has represented the 8th Congressional District of California, which consists of four-fifths of San Francisco.
Pelosi is regarded as a liberal, in part because she represents most of San Francisco, well known for its tradition of left-leaning politics. During the 2004 and 2006 election cycles, Republicans frequently used the prospect of a "San Francisco liberal" or "Bay Area liberal" becoming Speaker as a tool to win votes, especially in the South. She was a founding member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, but left in 2003 after being elected Minority Leader. She felt that it would be inappropriate for her to be a member of any caucuses.
Pelosi supports abortion rights. She voted against the 2000 Partial Birth Abortion Act (a United States lawprohibiting a form of late-term abortion – a procedure that is sometimes called "intact dilation and extraction" by the medical community), and in 2003 she voted twice against related legislation. She voted in favor of the 1998 Abortion Funding Amendment, which allowed the use of district funds to promote abortion related activities. She has also voted in favor of using federal funds to performabortions in overseas military facilities,against parental notification when a minor is transported across state lines for an abortion, and in favor of providing funding for organizations working overseas that perform abortions or promote abortion-related activities.
Pelosi has consistently voted for legislation that attempts to guarantee equality for homosexuals. In 1999 Pelosi voted against banning adoption by homosexuals within the District of Columbia. In 2004 she voted against the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment, which would amend the constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.
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