Donald Trump Says Two Pro-Life Women Governors are on His Short List for Vice-President

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 12, 2016   |   1:15PM   |   Washington, DC

Likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has named two pro-life women governors as two of the candidates of his short list for his vice-presidential running mate. In an interview with Fox News, Trump mentioned pro-life former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and pro-life Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.

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In an interview with Fox News’s “On the Record,” the GOP presumptive nominee was asked about Brewer saying that Fallin was on the list.

“Well, also Jan. Jan Brewer has been fantastic,” he said. “She has been so fantastic. You know I won so big, her territory, we won so big. And she is a fabulous woman. And I agree with you, the governor of Oklahoma, fabulous person.”

Fox News also asked Trump about pro-life New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:

Asked whether Chris Christie is still in the running as a possible vice presidential pick, Trump declined to give a straight answer, opting just to praise the New Jersey governor.

“I don’t want to say ‘in there,’ but he’s helping me and he was an early endorsement and a very enthusiastic one and he’s a friend of mine and a very good guy and a talented guy and he’s helping us a lot,” Trump said.

He said between five and seven people are under consideration and that he will make the announcement at the convention this summer.

In Arizona, Governor Brewer build an exemplary pro-life record by signing numerous pro-life bills into law that resulted in closing abortion centers and protecting women and unborn children.

SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser told LifeNews before her re-election bid in 2010 that Brewer is a pro-life champion.

“As Governor, Jan has signed legislation into law which protects families and taxpayers across Arizona. From protecting young girls by strengthening parental rights laws, to shielding Arizona taxpayers from funding abortion, Jan Brewer is a tested and proven pro-life advocate we can trust,” she said.

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Dannenfelser continued:  “We know we can count on her to advance commonsense pro-life legislation in Arizona over the next four years.  It is absolutely vital that we have authentic pro-life women in the governor’s office standing up for the truth that abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.”

At the time, Arizona Right to Life said it was delighted she has signed several pro-life bills.

“AZRTL PAC endorses Jan Brewer because of her strong support of the pro-life cause over her 25 year political career,” the group emailed

“In just her first term as governor since being appointed in January of 2009, Governor Brewer signed eight pro-life bills into law that will help protect innocent human life in Arizona. Among those bills signed into law include a ban of partial-birth abortions in Arizona and a mandatory 24-hour waiting period before an abortion can be performed,” the pro-life group’s PAC chairman Walt Opaska said.

“Unlike her immediate predecessor, Governor Brewer has shown she truly cares about women and children by recognizing the importance of protecting all innocent life, including the unborn,” Opaska said.

Other pro-life bills signed by Governor Brewer include a ban on non-doctors performing surgical abortions, a bill that opts Arizona out of providing abortion coverage in any insurance exchanges offered under the new federal health care law and a prohibition on Arizona taxpayer dollars from being used to fund insurance coverage for elective abortions for government employees.

In 2012, Brewer signed a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks and in 2011 she signed a bill to cut taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma Gov Mary Fallin has signed pro-life bills into law including a 72-hour waiting period before abortion. That was the the second major pro-life bill Fallin has signed into law recently, after signing a bill to ban dismemberment abortions. She also signed a bill that closed abortion clinics in other states.

Fallin has called out the Planned Parenthood abortion business for committing fraud and called for defunding it.

“These results are alarming,” Fallin said in the letter. “These errors result in overbilling to the Oklahoma taxpayer. Research strongly suggests that Planned Parenthood and its Oklahoma and national affiliates regularly, whether intentionally or negligently, engage in a pattern of practices resulting in the overbilling of state Medicaid programs.”

Fallin also signed a pro-life bill to protect vulnerable patients and another measure to stop abortion funding under Obamacare.

Both Brewer and Fallin worked to start a national caucus for pro-life women.