He is speaking at March for Life, the nation’s largest annual gathering against abortion. She presented a historic plan to protect abortion rights.
Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris are expected to face each other on Wednesday in a debate intended to display their radically opposed views on the issue, which takes on renewed urgency as the Senate considers Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the Supreme Court. Harris is in the unique position of being a sitting senator who will decide Barrett’s fate ahead of the election.
The two vice-presidential candidates represent opposite sides of the reproductive rights spectrum, as national support for abortion rights remains high. A July 2019 ABC News / Washington Post Poll found 60% of Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, with just 24% saying access to abortion should be more difficult.
A May 2020 A Gallup poll found similar results, with just 20% of respondents saying abortion should be illegal under all circumstances.
While Barrett has said in previous public remarks that Roe was unlikely to be toppled, she signed a newspaper ad in 2006 sponsored by an anti-abortion group claiming that it opposed “abortion on demand,” a term used derogatoryly by those who believe abortion should be illegal or severely restricted.
Vice President Mike Pence has spoken openly about his Christian faith and his influence on his politics. He is a frequent speaker at March for Life in Washington, DC In speeches there he quoted the Bible and said the 1973 Supreme Court “turned its back on the inalienable right to life” with its Roe ruling .
“With pro-life majorities in Congress, with President Donald Trump in this White House, and with God’s help, we will restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law,” he added. . he said in 2018, adding that Trump is “the most pro-life president in American history.”
While Trump has made inflammatory anti-abortion statements as president and presidential candidate, in his previous public life he has not taken that position. Trump called himself once “very pro-choice” but said he hated the “concept” of abortion.
As governor of Indiana, Pence supported anti-abortion legislation, including the signing of a major bill in March 2016, before he was chosen as Trump’s vice president, which prohibited abortions requested on the basis of a diagnosis of disability or because of the race or sex of a fetus, as well as the requirement to bury or cremate the remains of aborted or aborted fetuses. The invoice patients also had to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion procedure, creating a waiting period that makes abortion less accessible as it spans the procedure over several days, potentially meaning days of absence from the patient. work and childcare, and is particularly difficult in states with few clinics where this also represents more travel, potentially requiring overnight accommodation.
The omnibus law was challenged, finally up to the Supreme Court last May, where the court ruled that the ban on abortion on the basis of disability, race or gender was unconstitutional, but allowed the portion of fetal remains to remain in effect.
In June 2018, Barrett joined a dissent on the 7th Circuit, stating that the Law on Basic Prohibition and Disposal of Fetal Remains should be upheld.
Pence said he is an opponent of Planned Parenthood, where, according to his latest data, abortion represents 4% of affiliated medical services.
In 2011, as a representative to Congress, Pence helped pass a bill decrease funding for family planning. This depressed funding has left Pence facing biggest HIV epidemic in Indiana as governor in 2015 after a family planning clinic that served as a county’s only HIV testing center was forced to close.
Harris, meanwhile, has been a supporter of Planned Parenthood, who called him “an advocate for reproductive rights and health care.”
As a senator, Harris co-sponsored the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would prevent states from adopting certain restrictions on access to abortion, and EVERY woman acts, which would effectively nullify the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion, such as through Medicaid, by ensuring coverage for abortion under public insurance plans.
As a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, Harris proposed a unique plan to protect abortion rights and access. Based on the law on voting rights, his proposed plan would require states to obtain federal approval to enact restrictive laws, in what is known as a prior authorization requirement.
“Once elected, I will put in place and demand that those states which are in the habit of passing laws designed to prevent or limit a woman’s access to reproductive health care, that these laws should be subject to my Justice Department for review and approval, “she explained in May 2019 in an MSNBC town hall,” and until we determine they are constitutional they will not come into effect “.
After citing women who died in clandestine abortions before Roe, Harris said, “On that question, I’m kind of finished.”