Mike Pence on Abortion

Republian nominee for Vice President; Governor of Indiana; former Representative (IN-6)


A 15-week ban is an idea whose time has come

Consensus is the opposite of leadership. And I promise you, as President of the United States, the American people will have a champion for life in the Oval Office. Can't we have a minimum standard in every state in the nation that says when a baby is capable of feeling pain, an abortion cannot be allowed? A 15-week ban is an idea whose time has come. It's supported by 70 percent of the American people.
Source: Fox News 2023 Republican primary debate in Milwaukee , Aug 23, 2023

Err on the side of life to give unborn child every chance

In cases like an ectopic pregnancy, where the child simply cannot survive, I would assume that that would be covered by the life-of-the-mother exception. But in cases where it is simply the subjective judgment of a physician or a percentage potential, I always want to err on the side of life. I want to give that unborn child every chance at life. So I always want to err on the side of life, but I always want to recognize exceptions in tragic circumstances.
Source: CNN SOTU interviews on 2023 Presidential primary hopefuls , Jul 23, 2023

Won't rest until sanctity of life is center of American law

I couldn't be more proud to have been vice president in an administration that appointed three of the justices that sent Roe versus Wade to the ash heap of history where it belongs and gave America a new beginning for life. Many states I'm proud to say have advanced pro-life legislation, but we have a long way to go to win the hearts and minds of the American people.

We will not rest or relent until we restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law in every state in the country.

Source: CNN Town Hall: interviews of 2024 presidential candidates , Jun 7, 2023

I'd like to see Mifepristone taken off the market

I'm pro life. I don't apologize for it. I think the fact the Biden administration allowed Mifepristone to be made available on a mail order basis was a fundamental change. Even in states that have limited abortion. I'd like to see this medication off the market to protect the unborn. But also, I have deep concerns about the way the FDA went about approving Mifepristone 20 years ago.
Source: CBS Face the Nation on 2023 Presidential hopefuls , Apr 23, 2023

A champion of the right to life throughout my public career

In his speech, he focused on the judicial achievements of the Trump administration that culminated in the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the landmark 1972 Roe v. Wade decision. "I'm pro-life and I don't apologize for it. I think a society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable," Pence said afterward to reporters. "I've been a champion of the right to life throughout my public career and I will continue to be, but I recognize not every American shares that view at this time."
Source: Iowa Capital Dispatch on 2023 Faith & Freedom Coalition , Apr 22, 2023

National abortion bans ought to be part of the debate

[On abortion rights]: "I do think it's more likely that this issue is resolved at the state level," Pence told reporters. "But I don't agree with the former president, who says this is a states-only issue. We've been given a new beginning for life in this country." Pence said federal abortion proposals, like a ban after 15 weeks of pregnancy, "are all ideas that ought to be part of the debate." The former V.P. also said he believed "mail-order abortions" involving medication "should be banned."
Source: Des Moines Register on 2023 Faith & Freedom Coalition , Apr 22, 2023

I am proud to serve a pro-life president

PENCE: I couldn't be more proud to serve as vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life. I'm pro-life. I don't apologize for it, and this is another one of those cases where there's such a dramatic contrast. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support taxpayer funding of abortion all the way up to the moment of birth. Late term abortion. They want to increase funding to Planned Parenthood of America.

HARRIS: There's the issue of choice and I will always fight for a woman's right to make a decision about her own body. It should be her decision and not Donald Trump's. Let's look at what else is before the court. It's the Affordable Care Act literally in the midst of a public health pandemic when 7 million people probably have what will be in the future considered a preexisting condition because you contracted the virus. Donald Trump is in court right now trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.

Source: 2020 Vice-Presidential Debate in Utah , Oct 7, 2020

Roe v. Wade worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott

According to Pence's comments at a National March for Life rally, "'It is the 22nd of January again. On this cold anniversary of the worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott, all across this land, because of the prayers and compassion of every one of you, springtime is breaking forth in the battle between choice and life.'" [Press Release--Office of Rep. Pence, 1/22/07]

"Pence also touted his policies on abortion, bringing up the legislation he signed in 2013 that banned insurance coverage for most abortion procedures. 'Life is winning in Indiana, because of the efforts of all of you,' Pence said. 'Life is winning in this state - I truly believe - because compassion is overcoming convenience. Life is defeating despair.'" [Indianapolis Star, 9/19/14]

"Pence also backs a constitutional amendment to ban abortion, saying he is against the procedure in all cases --including rape and incest -- except when the life of the mother is at stake." [Washington Post, 3/22/05]

Source: Trump Research Book on Mike Pence , Sep 22, 2020

Federal funding of Planned Parenthood is "morally wrong"

According to an op-ed by Mike Pence, "'I also believe it is morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to fund organizations that provide and promote abortions, like Planned Parenthood of America.'" [Op-Ed--Mike Pence, 2/24/11]

Q: Are you willing to hold up this entire budget over defunding Planned Parenthood?

PENCE: Well of course I am. I think the American people have begun to learn that the largest abortion provider in the country is also the largest recipient of federal funding under Title X, and they want to see that come to an end." [Media Matters, 4/5/11]

Source: FactCheck on 2020 Trump Research Book , Sep 22, 2020

Proposed abortion bill that defined "forcible rape"

[Associated Press State & Local Wire, 8/26/12]: "Joe Donnelly and Mike Pence twice sponsored legislation that would separate out 'forcible rape' when it comes to federal funding of abortions. Donnelly and Pence signed onto a 2011 bill that would have redefined rape for the purposes of seeking an abortion. The Donnelly and Pence campaigns called the defining of rape in the bill something the congressmen had overlooked and said it was quickly removed from the measure once it was found."
Source: FactCheck on 2020 Trump Research Book , Sep 22, 2020

Trump is the most pro-life president in American history

I couldn't be more proud to be vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life. That is what makes it so remarkable that every leading Democrat running for president has actually said that there is no room in today's Democratic Party for pro-life voters. So let me say to every pro-life American--Republican, independent, or Democrat--you have a home in today's Republican Party. President Donald Trump is the most pro-life president in American history.
Source: Remarks by V.P. Pence at the 2020 CPAC Conference , Feb 27, 2020

Stands for unborn against Democratic "culture of death"

In one of his very first acts, the President reinstated the Mexico City Policy, preventing taxpayer dollars from funding abortion or abortion providers around the world. At home, President Trump signed a law to allow all 50 states to defund Planned Parenthood. With Democrats standing for late-term abortion, infanticide, and a culture of death, I promise you this President, this party, and this movement will always stand for the unborn.
Source: White House press release, "Remarks at CPAC 2019" , Mar 1, 2019

Tie-breaker vote to defund Planned Parenthood

Senate Republicans, aided by Vice President Mike Pence and an ailing Georgia colleague who gingerly made his way to the Capitol with the aid of a wheelchair and a walker, voted Thursday to undo an Obama administration rule preventing states from blocking funding for family planning clinics that also provide abortions.

Democrats all voted against the bill, as did two Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Ms. Collins and Ms. Murkowski have long opposed attacks on funding Planned Parenthood, which they argue provides services for women in areas with scarce health care options.

Senator Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia, who returned after two back surgeries, was cleared by his doctors to travel for one day only to help pass the measure, but it took Pence's final vote to break the 50-50 tie. The measure will now head to Trump's desk, a onetime supporter of Planned Parenthood who adopted an anti-abortion rights position during the campaign.

Source: N.Y.Times on 2020 presidential hopefuls , Mar 30, 2017

We embrace life because we're better for it

KAINE: I think you should live your moral values. But the last thing, the very last thing that government should do is have laws that would punish women who make reproductive choices. And that is the fundamental difference between a Clinton-Kaine ticket and a Trump-Pence ticket that wants to punish women who make that choice.

PENCE: No, it's really not. Donald Trump and I would never support legislation that punished women who made the heartbreaking choice to end a pregnancy.

KAINE: Then why did Donald Trump say that?

PENCE: Look, he's not a polished politician like you and Hillary Clinton. Things don't always come out exactly the way he means them. But I'm telling you what the policy of our administration would be. Donald Trump is standing for the right to life. We can create a culture of life. More and more young people today are embracing life because we're better for it, like Mother Teresa said at that famous national prayer breakfast...

Source: 2016 Vice-Presidential Debate at Longwood University , Oct 4, 2016

Partial-birth abortion is just anathema to me

My Christian faith became real for me when I made a personal decision for Christ when I was a freshman in college. I would tell you that for me the sanctity of life proceeds out of the belief that where God says, "before you were formed in the womb, I knew you," and so for my first time in public life, I sought to stand with great compassion for the sanctity of life. But what I can't understand is with Hillary Clinton and now Senator Kaine at her side is to support a practice like partial-birth abortion. I mean, to hold to the view -- and I know Senator Kaine, you hold pro-life views personally -- but the very idea that a child that is almost born into the world could still have their life taken from them is just anathema to me. Clinton wants to repeal the longstanding provision in the law where we said we wouldn't use taxpayer dollars to fund abortion.
Source: 2016 Vice-Presidential Debate at Longwood University , Oct 4, 2016

Need Supreme Court justices who uphold Constitution

This election will define the Supreme Court for the next 40 years. We all had better think very carefully about what this means for our Constitution and limited government. For the sake of the rule of law, for the sake of the sanctity of life, for the sake of our Second Amendment, and for the sake of all our other God-given liberties, we must ensure that the next president appointing justices to the Supreme Court is Donald Trump.
Source: Speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention , Jul 20, 2016

Periods for Pence: protest against interring aborted fetuses

A controversial bill sets more restrictions on abortion in the state. Women are taking to social media to protest a controversial new Indiana abortion bill in an unconventional way. The Facebook page Periods for Pence has been urging women to call Gov. Pence to give status updates on their menstrual cycles. The page asked women to call Gov. Pence's office to "report their periods," lest they unwittingly dispose of an embryo in the earliest stages of

The abortion bill requires the remains of aborted or miscarried fetuses to be interred or cremated. It also bans abortions sought solely due to fetal abnormality, including Downs syndrome, as well as sought solely on the basis of race or gender.

"By enacting this legislation, we take an important step in protecting the unborn, while still providing an exception for the life of the mother. I sign this legislation with a prayer that God would continue to bless these precious children, mothers and families," Pence said in a statement.

Source: Indianapolis Star on Indiana legislative voting records , Apr 5, 2016

Prohibit abortion for race, sex, diagnosis of disability

HB1337: Prohibits a person from performing an abortion if the person knows that the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion solely because of: (1) the race, color, national origin, ancestry, or sex of the fetus; or (2) a diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down syndrome or any other disability.

ACLU opinion in opposition (April 7, 2016): Racial justice, gender equality, and disability rights advocates have opposed legislative proposals like the Indiana law. They point out that if politicians were serious about addressing inequities based on race, gender or disability status, they could expand access to high quality healthcare, education, and employment opportunities.

Legislative Summary:  Passed Senate 37-13-0 on Mar/1/16; passed House 60-40-0 on Mar/9/16; signed by Governor Mike Pence on Mar/24/16.

Source: Indiana State Legislature voting records HB1337 , Mar 14, 2016

Defund Planned Parenthood for providing abortion

The outcry surrounding Planned Parenthood began to spike at the beginning of 2011. Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) introduced a bill to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood altogether. Pence stated, "The largest abortion provider in America should not also be the largest recipient of federal funding under Title X."
Source: Planned Bullyhood, by Karen Handel, p. 76 , Sep 11, 2012

Commit to unalienable right to life, including the unborn

The future of conservatism begins with a commitment to the unalienable right to life. Without the right to life there is no right to liberty or property.

Our candidate must be willing to stand for the unborn and commit to appointing justices to the Supreme Court who will consign Roe v. Wade to the ash heap of history.

And our candidates must be willing to deny federal funding to any organization that promotes abortion at home and abroad. It is time to end all federal funding to Planned Parenthood

Source: Speech at 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference , Feb 8, 2008

Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record.

Pence scores 0% by NARAL on pro-choice voting record

For over thirty years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has been the political arm of the pro-choice movement and a strong advocate of reproductive freedom and choice. NARAL Pro-Choice America`s mission is to protect and preserve the right to choose while promoting policies and programs that improve women`s health and make abortion less necessary. NARAL Pro-Choice America works to educate Americans and officeholders about reproductive rights and health issues and elect pro-choice candidates at all levels of government. The NARAL ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization`s preferred position.

Source: NARAL website 03n-NARAL on Dec 31, 2003

Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance.

Pence scores 100% by the NRLC on abortion issues

OnTheIssues.org interprets the 2006 NRLC scores as follows:

About the NRLC (from their website, www.nrlc.org):

The ultimate goal of the National Right to Life Committee is to restore legal protection to innocent human life. The primary interest of the National Right to Life Committee and its members has been the abortion controversy; however, it is also concerned with related matters of medical ethics which relate to the right to life issues of euthanasia and infanticide. The Committee does not have a position on issues such as contraception, sex education, capital punishment, and national defense. The National Right to Life Committee was founded in 1973 in response to the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, legalizing the practice of human abortion in all 50 states, throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy.

The NRLC has been instrumental in achieving a number of legislative reforms at the national level, including a ban on non-therapeutic experimentation of unborn and newborn babies, a federal conscience clause guaranteeing medical personnel the right to refuse to participate in abortion procedures, and various amendments to appropriations bills which prohibit (or limit) the use of federal funds to subsidize or promote abortions in the United States and overseas.

In addition to maintaining a lobbying presence at the federal level, NRLC serves as a clearinghouse of information for its state affiliates and local chapters, its individual members, the press, and the public.

Source: NRLC website 06n-NRLC on Dec 31, 2006

Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion.

Pence co-sponsored prohibiting taking minors across state lines for abortion

A bill to prohibit taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.

Source: Child Custody Protection Act (S.2543&H.R.1063) 08-SR2543 on Jan 22, 2008

Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans.

Pence signed H.R.5939

Source: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act 10-HR5939 on Jul 29, 2010

Ban abortions for sex selection or race selection.

Pence co-sponsored PRENDA: Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act

Congressional Summary: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011: Imposes criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly or knowingly attempts to:

  1. perform an abortion that is sought based on the sex, gender, color or race of the child, or the race of a parent;
  2. use the threat of force to intimidate any person for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection or race-selection abortion;
  3. solicit or accept funds for the performance of such an abortion; or
  4. transport a woman across a state line for the purpose of obtaining such an abortion.
Deems a violation of this Act to be prohibited discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (Violators lose federal funding.)

Sponsor`s Letter (Rep. Trent Franks):PRENDA restricts sex-selection abortion and race-selection abortion, and the coercion of a woman to obtain either. The woman seeking an abortion is exempted from prosecution, while abortion providers are held to account.

Opponents` Opinion (Erin Gloria Ryan on jezebel.com):Rep. Franks, a white man, has claimed that his desire to disallow `race-selective abortions` is based on his concern that the black community is having so many abortions. He doesn`t say how, exactly, doctors are supposed to determine that a black woman seeking an abortion is doing so because her fetus would be black or whether she`s just doing it because she doesn`t want to be pregnant. Let`s be honest here: this isn`t really about saving girls and minorities; it`s about eventually making abortion illegal. A sex-selection ban would present the Supreme Court with a dilemma: it dares the pro-abortion justices to embrace an abortion right to kill girls for being girls.

Source: H.R.3541 11-H3541 on Dec 1, 2011

Prohibit federal funding for abortion.

Pence signed No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

Source: H.R.3 &S.906 11-HR0003 on May 5, 2011

Prohibiting forced abortions by UN Population Fund.

Pence signed Prohibition on Funding to United Nations Population Fund

A BILL: To prohibit funding to the United Nations Population Fund.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives: Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of State may not make a contribution to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

[Explanation from Wikipedia.com]: UNFPA has been accused of providing support for government programs which have promoted forced-abortions and coercive sterilizations. Controversies regarding these allegations have resulted in a sometimes shaky relationship between the organization and the US government, with three presidential administrations, that of Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush and George W. Bush withholding funding from the UNFPA.

From 2002 through 2008, the Bush Administration denied funding to UNFPA that had already been allocated by the US Congress, partly on the grounds that the UNFPA supported Chinese government programs which include forced abortions and coercive sterilizations, thus violating the Kemp-Kasten Amendment.

UNFPA says it `does not provide support for abortion services`. Its charter includes a strong statement condemning coercion. UNFPA`s connection to China`s administration of forced abortions was disputed by investigations carried out by various US, UK, and UN teams sent to examine UNFPA activities in China. A three-person US State Department fact-finding team was sent on a two week tour throughout China, concluding that it found `no evidence that UNFPA has supported or participated in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization in China,` as has been charged by critics. However, according to then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, the UNFPA contributed vehicles and computers to the Chinese to carry out their population control policies.

The EU and Japan decided to fill the gap left behind by the US. In America, nonprofit organizations worked to compensate for the loss of US federal funding by raising private donations.

Source: H.R.2059 11-HR2059 on May 31, 2011

Sponsored bill to prohibit fed funding of Planned Parenthood.

Pence introduced Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act

Congressional Summary:Prohibits providing any federal family planning assistance to an entity unless the entity will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion. Excludes an abortion where: (1) the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or an act of incest against a minor; or (2) a physician certifies that the woman suffered from a physical disorder, injury, or illness that would place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed.

Wikipedia Explanation:Title X of the Public Health Service Act, titled `Population Research and Voluntary Family Planning Programs` is a US government program dedicated to providing family planning services for those in need. Title X provides access to contraceptive services, supplies and information. Priority for services is given to persons of low-income.

Sponsor Remarks by Rep. Mike Pence:It is morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to promote abortion. Last year, Planned Parenthood received more than $363 million in revenue from government grants; and performed an unprecedented 324,008 abortions. The largest abortion provider in America should not also be the largest recipient of federal funding under Title X. The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act will prevent any family planning funds under Title X from going to Planned Parenthood or other organizations that perform abortions. It will ensure that abortion providers are not being subsidized with federal tax dollars.

OnTheIssues Explanation: Federal money is never explicitly provided for abortions. But Planned Parenthood does provide abortions, paid for via private funds. At issue is the `fungibility` of money: Planned Parenthood can use federal funds to supplement their budget and hence free up other funds for abortion. This bill would end that practice.

Source: H.R.217 11-HR217 on Jan 7, 2011

Grant the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment.

Pence co-sponsored granting the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment

Bill would implement equal protection under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution for the right to life of each born and preborn human person. The Right to Life Act declares that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being, and defines `human being` to encompass all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization or cloning.

Source: Right to Life Act (H.R.618) 2007-HR618 on Jan 22, 2007

Declare preborn as persons under 14th amendment.

Pence signed Life at Conception Act

A bill to implement equal protection under the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution for the right to life of each born and preborn human person. Declares that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being beginning at the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual comes into being. Prohibits construing this Act to authorize the prosecution of any woman for the death of her unborn child.

Source: S.346&HR.881 2009-S346 on Feb 4, 2009

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