Vice President Mike Pence sat down with Mike Farris of Alliance Defending Freedom and answered a wide-ranging panel of questions on issues of importance to Christian voters.
The first question the vice president got had to do with pro-life issues and discussing the record President Donald Trump has compiled during the first years of his administration.
Vice President Pence discussed how President Trump has been committed to defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion business and pointed out how President Trump instituted a funding cut during his first week in office to ensure the taxpayer dollars would not be used to help it promote or perform abortions overseas.
The vice president talked about how President Trump signed a bill to allow states greater latitude to defund Planned Parenthood in their own State budgets and how he has revoked funding for the nation’s largest abortion company under the Title X program.
Vice President Pence concluded saying that President Trump is pro-life and will continue to govern as a pro-life president. here are his full remarks:
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, Mike. Thank you for the question and thank you for the warm welcome today. And would you all join me in thanking Mike Farris for a lifetime of leadership on behalf of our values and our freedoms? (Applause.) We’re grateful to you. We really are.
Well, I will tell you, it’s — I love where you started because it is the greatest honor of my life to serve as Vice President to a President who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life. (Applause.) It’s true.
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And I must tell you that, from early in this administration, in one moment after another, I’ve been there in the Oval Office when President Trump — you put into practice that commitment to protecting the unborn. Literally, it was in the first days of our administration when the President reinstituted the Mexico City Policy, preventing taxpayer dollars from being used to promote or provide abortion overseas, around the world.
And in the last two years, we’ve actually expanded that — the scope of that — around the planet. I know there’s people that work on behalf of our values around the world who are here today, and I’m extraordinarily proud of that.
This is a President who’s also put his signature on a bill that I was — I had the privilege of casting the tie-breaking vote in the United States Senate to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood. (Applause.)
I’ve always believed the largest abortion provider in America should not be the largest recipient of federal funds under Title X. And because of the President’s leadership and our allies in the Congress in our first two years, we were able to move that legislation, and now states have that flexibility. I’m sure all of you active in the cause of life know about the other efforts our administration has taken and will continue to take.
I’ve long believed that a society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable — the aged, the infirm, the disabled, and the unborn. And I promise you, this President, his Vice President, and this administration will always stand for life. (Applause.)