Mike Pence is in the national spotlight this week after Donald Trump named the pro-life Indiana governor as his vice presidential running mate.
Pence has a long, extensive pro-life record both as governor and a former member of Congress. He has signed multiple pieces of pro-life legislation into law and led the fight in Congress to de-fund Planned Parenthood. His selection as vice president is mollifying concerns some pro-life voters have had about Trump, who has campaigned as a pro-life candidate but who has made some misstatements about abortion and Planned Parenthood.
Pence has proven himself to be a champion for the lives of unborn babies, even in the face of adversity. In 2011, he gave a passionate speech during the March for Life in Washington, D.C. and called Roe v. Wade the “worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott.”
“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. A nation that will not stand for life will not stand for long,” Pence told the pro-life crowd.
He called for an end to funding for Planned Parenthood and for our nation’s laws to be restored to their moral foundations.
“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 the cost of their lives, and the American people will make this right,” Pence said. “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 rights to liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the unalienable right to life.”
His strong words have been accompanied by action. Earlier this year, Pence faced some vicious attacks when he signed a law to protect unborn babies with disabilities like Down syndrome from being aborted. One of the most crude attacks was “Periods for Pence,” where abortion activists harassed the governor’s office by sending detailed messages about their menstrual cycles. Pence did not back down and signed the law. Under his leadership, Indiana now is fighting a lawsuit from Planned Parenthood to overturn the pro-life law.
The abortion giant is attacking Pence at the national level, too. Immediately after Trump’s announcement, Planned Parenthood sent a letter to its supporters that stated, “Donald Trump’s VP couldn’t be worse.” They also tweeted messages referring back to the crude Indiana campaign, accusing Pence of being worried about “women’s periods.”
“It’s official: Just when you thought the nightmare of a Trump presidency couldn’t get worse, he picks Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate,” the abortion company said in its email, that LifeNews received. “There is simply no question where Mike Pence stands [on abortion].”
The Trump-Pence team would present a stark contrast on abortion to pro-abortion Democrat Hillary Clinton, who received Planned Parenthood’s endorsement. Clinton promised Planned Parenthood that she would try to overturn the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to fund abortions if elected president.