Vice President Mike Pence expressed strong hopes that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade in the coming months and “restore the sanctity of life” to unborn babies.
Pence spoke to European leaders recently about his hopes during the Budapest Demographic Summit, a conservative political conference in Hungary, ABC News reports.
He lamented the societal breakdown of the family, calling it “a crisis that strikes at the very heart of civilization itself.” Pence warned of “the erosion of the nuclear family marked by declining marriage rates, rising divorce, widespread abortion and plummeting birth rates.”
After praising the falling abortion rates in Hungary under conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Pence said he hopes and prays that the same will happen in America, according to the report.
He pointed out that President Donald Trump appointed about 300 conservative judges to federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court refused to temporarily block a Texas pro-life law that is saving as many as 100 babies every day from abortion. Trump’s three appointees were part of the majority ruling.
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“We may well have a fresh start in the cause of life in America,” Pence said. “It is our hope and our prayer that in the coming days, a new conservative majority on the Supreme Court of the United States will take action to restore the sanctity of life at the center of American law.”
On Dec. 1, the high court is scheduled to hear a major abortion case out of Mississippi, one that could erode Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again.
The case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization involves the question of whether states may prohibit abortions on unborn babies before viability. Currently, Roe and a later abortion case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, prohibit them from doing so.
In July, Pence and his organization Advancing American Freedom filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to reject Roe and restore protections to unborn babies under the law.
“Forty-eight years ago, our Supreme Court turned away from the timeless ideal that we are ‘endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights that include, first among them, life,” Pence said at the time. “By calling for Roe and Casey to be overturned, Advancing American Freedom and its partners seek to protect the right to life and to restore respect for the sanctity of life. Life is winning in America, and we must not rest until we restore a culture of life in America.”
In 1973, the Supreme Court forced states to legalize abortion on demand when it ruled on Roe v. Wade. The ruling made the United States one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Since then, nearly 63 million unborn babies and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of mothers have been killed in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions in the U.S. Though abortion rates have been falling, nearly 1 million unborn babies continue to be aborted annually in the U.S.