FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2016
Want to know more about Mike Pence and reproductive freedom? This is the leader of a state that literally criminalized a woman for having an abortion, led the national fight to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding, and who has said he “longs for the day that Roe v. Wade is sent to the ash heap of history.”
Combined with Donald Trump’s proposal to criminalize a woman who has an abortion and his threat to appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade, a Trump-Pence ticket could spell out a scary reality for American women and our families.
Here are some all-time lows on Pence’s anti-choice record (with the alarming record of voting 38 of 38 times in the House against reproductive freedom):
- Repeatedly cosponsored legislation that would, if it went into effect, make abortion illegal nationwide in almost all cases and ban some of the most common forms of contraception, stem-cell research, and in vitro fertilization.
- Repeatedly voted for the Federal Abortion Ban, a law that criminalizes some abortion services, with no exception to protect a woman’s health, and carries up to a two-year prison sentence for doctors.
- Led multiple drives – including the government shutdown threat in 2011 – to defund Planned Parenthood health centers that, in addition to a full menu of reproductive-health services, provide abortion-related care.
- Repeatedly voted for the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, a law intended to give separate legal status to an embryo or fetus. Anti-choice Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) boasted that the law “undermines abortion rights.”
- Repeatedly voted for legislation that would impose a new, impossibly complex national patchwork of parental-notification mandates on doctors and young women.
- Voted to deny abortion coverage for women in the health-insurance exchanges nationwide.
- As governor, repeatedly signed into law TRAP measures that subject abortion providers to burdensome restrictions not applied to other medical professionals.
- As governor, signed into law a measure prohibiting abortion coverage in the entire private insurance market.