During his comments before a massive pro-life crowd at the rally prior to the March for Life today, Congressman Mike Pence referred to the truce on abortion and social issues that has plagued both Mitch Daniels and Haley Barbour.
Daniels originally supported a truce on pro-life issues but appeared to backtrack on it recently after coming under criticism from pro-life advocates and other potential presidential candidates like Pence. Barbour had his own truce and has said nothing since then to go back on his own comments downplaying pro-life issues.
In a written statement containing Pence’s March for Life comments that his office emailed LifeNews.com, Pence said:
We gather to mark the 38th anniversary of the worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott. And we gather today in the shadow of a new pro-life majority on Capitol Hill. And we will keep gathering until Roe v. Wade is sent to the ash heap of history where it belongs.
These are trying times in the life of this nation. Our economy is struggling and our national government is awash in a sea of debt. Amidst these struggles, some would have us focus our energies on jobs and spending.
We must not remain silent when great moral battles are being waged. Those who would have us ignore the battle being fought over life have forgotten the lessons of history. As in the days of a house divided, America’s darkest moments have come when economic arguments trumped moral principles.
A nation that will not stand for life will not stand for long. You know there can be no lasting prosperity without a moral foundation in law.
And as to focusing on spending, I agree. Let’s start by denying all federal funding for abortion at home and abroad. The largest abortion provider in America should not also be the largest recipient of federal funding under Title X. The time has come to deny any and all federal funding to Planned Parenthood of America.
Thank you for braving the cold one more time and saying to the heart of our national government, ‘We will fight on for life. We will fight on for the unborn and the brokenhearted.’
And we will fight on because we know, as Jefferson said, ‘God who gave us life gave us liberty…and God is just and his justice cannot sleep forever.’
And we know this: We will win this fight because the deepest desire of every mother and father is to protect their child, at any cost, even with the own lives and that truth cannot be erased.
The American people will make this right. We will restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law. Because every American knows in their heart, this is the greatest nation on earth because we acknowledge the God-given right to liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the unalienable right to life.
Pence also hit on the truce during his speech before the Values Voters Summit in Washington. https://www.lifenews.com/2010/09/24/state-5484/
“Now I know some say that Republicans should stay away from such issues this year…that the American people are focused on jobs and spending and our movement would do well to stand aside, bank the win and return to fight after this fiscal and economic crisis has passed,” he said during the Values Voter Summit.
“But we do not live in a world where an American leader can just focus on our financial ledger. A political party that would govern this great nation must be able to handle more than one issue at a time. We must focus on our fiscal crisis and support our troops. We must work to create jobs and protect innocent human life,” he continued.
Pence continued, “To those who say we should focus on cutting spending, I say ‘Ok, let’s start by denying all federal funding for abortion at home and abroad! Stop funding research that destroys human embryos in the name of science, and let’s deny any and all funding to Planned Parenthood of America.’”
“We must not remain silent when great moral battles are being waged. Those who would have us ignore the battle being fought over life … have forgotten the lessons of history. As in the days of a House divided, America’s darkest moments have come when economic arguments trumped moral principles,” he said. “Men and women, we must demand, here and now, that the leaders of the Republican Party stand for life” and to do so “without apology.”
Pence is trying to decide whether he will run for governor in Indiana, where he would be a shoo-in for the position given no major candidates of either political party are eying the race, or if he will run for president. Daniels is also said to be seriously considering a presidential bid and the two recently had a private conversation that political observers said likely revolved around future political considerations.