As a devout Christian, Vice President Mike Pence has made no secret of his hope that Roe v. Wade will be overturned in his lifetime.
When Roe is sent to the “ash heap of history,” it will be thanks in large part to Donald Trump, Pence told the Daily Caller in a new interview. The vice president said that he’s proud to work for the “most pro-life president” the country has ever seen and touted what Trump has done for the pro-life agenda so far, from appointing conservative judges to addressing January’s March for Life rally in person.
“I will tell you, it has been the greatest honor in my life to serve as vice president to the most pro-life president in American history,” he said. “I mean, from the first day of this administration, President Trump has been keeping his word to stand for the right to life.”
Pence praises Trump
Donald Trump rose to the White House promising to appoint conservative judges and to protect life — and Trump has delivered on those pledges, Pence said. His efforts began almost immediately by expanding the “Mexico City policy,” which bans the use of taxpayer dollars for abortions and abortion counseling in foreign countries.
President Trump has continued to lead a furious push against unrestricted abortion on numerous fronts. He recently became the first sitting president to attend the first March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., and he has also appointed nearly 200 conservative federal judges, including two to the Supreme Court.
For his part, Pence touted Trump’s progress in his interview with the Daily Caller while acknowledging that there was work to be done on defunding Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
“And the president, of course, just spoke to the March for Life,” Pence said, adding:
He’s appointed strong strict constructionists to our courts at every level. But with regard to Planned Parenthood, remember I had the privilege of casting the tie-breaking vote right on a bill in the Senate that allows every state to defund Planned Parenthood. And President Donald Trump signed it. And we made the kind of changes in federal policy that have excluded Planned Parenthood from federal funding. So we’ll continue on that march.
The president has led a multi-pronged effort to target Planned Parenthood and defund abortion by changing the rules that apply to a number of federal programs. The Trump administration recently threatened to cut health care funding from California for requiring insurance plans to cover abortions, the Associated Press reported.
Planned Parenthood gave up some of its federal funding last year after the Department of Health and Human Services changed rules for its Title X family planning programs, prohibiting grantees from making referrals for abortions. The HHS recently approved funding for family planning programs in Texas that exclude abortion, The Hill reported.
Trump has also put the pro-life movement on a war footing in his rhetoric, pointedly attacking Democrats for supporting late-term abortion and calling on Congress to ban the practice at his State of the Union address this year. Pence contrasted Trump’s vision with the Democrats’ agenda of socialism, health care for illegal immigrants and “tax-payer funded abortion,” suggesting that voters in November will have an easy choice.
Liberals have often attacked evangelicals, who form a core part of Trump’s base, for supporting the president. Trump supported abortion before entering political life, and he was not exactly known for being an altar boy before his rise to the White House, to put it mildly.
However, there is little doubt that Trump is making major inroads on behalf of the pro-life movement, to the alarm of progressives and the delight of conservatives who have long dreamed of repealing nationwide legal abortion. Pence hailed Trump’s success in promoting an agenda to protect life and predicted that Roe v. Wade will indeed be struck down in the foreseeable future, thanks to the legacy Trump will leave on the federal bench.
“And I believe the day will come in our lifetime when we’ll see Roe v. Wade sent to the ash heap of history and we’ll put the sanctity of life back at the center of American law, and President Donald Trump will have written an important, important chapter in that story,” Pence declared.