Vice President Mike Pence will return to his home state of Indiana in 2020 to speak at the largest pro-life dinner in the country.
The pro-life Republican leader recently accepted a verbal invitation to speak at Right to Life of Southwest Indiana’s annual banquet, which attracts more than 2,000 people each year, The Courier & Press reports.
Pence is a former governor of Indiana and a strong champion for life. In 2017, he was the first vice president to speak at the national March for Life in Washington, D.C. As governor of Indiana, he signed numerous pro-life measures into law, including one that prohibits discriminatory sex-selection and disability-based abortions.
Here’s more from the report:
Mary Ellen Van Dyke, Right to Life’s executive director, said Pence recently accepted an invitation to speak at the 2020 banquet extended by one of the organization’s major donors. Van Dyke declined to identify the donor.
A formal invitation then went out to the vice president’s office, Van Dyke said, but no response has been received.
Right to Life of Southwest Indiana recognizes that a sitting vice president may have to renege on such a commitment, Van Dyke said.
“An elected officeholder’s first commitment is the people’s business — we understand that completely,” she said.
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Pence consistently has highlighted the value of unborn babies throughout his time in public office. He spoke again at the March for Life in 2019, promising that America “will abolish abortion.”
“We’ve got a record of extraordinary progress on the right to life,” Pence said, referring to various pro-life actions by the Trump administration. “This will be the generation that restores the right to life in America.”
Pence praised pro-lifers for being a movement “defined by compassion and love.” He thanked pregnancy center volunteers who help mothers and babies, families who have adopted children in need and pro-life politicians who are fighting for the rights of the unborn.
“Because of all of you gathered here, all those you represent and all those who’ve gone before, we know in our heart of hearts that life is winning in America once again,” Pence said.
One of the clearest indications of Pence’s sincerity is that he and his wife instilled the same values into their children. In March, their daughter Charlotte Pence wrote an opinion column at the Washington Times defending the rights of unborn babies.
The Right to Life of Southwest Indiana banquet is slated for the spring 2020 in Evansville, Indiana. The organization describes its annual fundraising event as the “the largest pro-life banquet in the country.”