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Pro-Life Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to speak tonight at GOP convention

by | Jul 20, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-life Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Pro-life Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

My wife and I have intently watched the prime time portions of the first two days of the Republican National Convention. Like everyone else, we heard some incredibly powerful speeches and absolutely devastating indictments of pro-abortion Hillary Clinton who will be formally endorsed as the Democrats’ presidential nominee next week.

But tonight belongs to pro-life Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who the GOP describes on its convention webpage as “Trump’s Rock Solid VP Pick.”

On the list of five reasons “people are raving about Trump’s new running mate,” here is #3:

He is Widely Respected as a Man of Character and Faith

Governor Mike Pence is a lifelong Hoosier with legal, small business, and public policy experience. But more than that he is a friend to many, a father of three, and devoted husband to his wife of 31 years, Karen.

Faith comes first for Pence and his values are what drive him to public service. He has been a strong advocate for religious freedom and has fought against activist judges who have sought to remove God from the Pledge of Allegiance.

During his time in Congress, Pence served in leadership roles as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee and Chairman of the House Republican Conference. Universally admired for his steady leadership, he was most respected by his colleagues for his integrity and honesty.

When Pence was selected, the pro-life community sang his praises. NRLC President Carol Tobias responded, “With a solid pro-life voting record on abortion during his time in Congress, and through his pro-life actions as Indiana Governor, Mike Pence has proven himself to be a strong and outspoken leader for the right-to-life.” (Pence served in Congress from 2001 to 2012.)

Congressman Pence served on the House Judiciary Committee, and on the Subcommittee on the Constitution. As a member of these key panels, he participated actively in hearings and committee action on a number of major pro-life bills, including the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, enacted in 2003, and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, enacted in 2004.

He was an early leader of efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. In the current climate of the Obama Administration’s assault on religious liberties, the selection of Pence, a staunch defender of religious freedom, is particularly helpful.

But as Mrs. Tobias noted, Gov. Pence is most assuredly “Rock Solid” on our issues. Indiana Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate, has lavished praise on Gov. Pence for his leadership and his accomplishments.

“Gov. Pence is devoted to protecting the unborn and their mothers,” said Indiana Right to Life President and CEO, Mike Fichter. “Gov. Pence’s pro-life stance is more than a talking point; Gov. Pence has put his pro-life position into action time and time again. Indiana is a better state for the unborn and their mothers because of the Governor’s pro-life leadership.”

Fichter added, “Since becoming governor, Gov. Pence has advanced the pro-life cause through legislation and his administration. Under Gov. Pence, there are four fewer abortion facilities. The state abortion rate has been steadily declining every year. The state is enforcing health regulations that protect women’s health, and abortion doctors know they don’t have a free pass.”

In a press statement lauding the choice, Indiana Right to Life listed the many pro-life measures Gov. Pence has signed to bring dignity to the unborn and their mothers. He has signed bills to

* Promote umbilical cord donation, an ethical alternative to embryonic stem cell research.

* Increase awareness of positive support for parents of Down syndrome children

* Provide information on perinatal hospice to parents who receive an adverse prenatal diagnosis

* Increase informed consent measures for women seeking abortions, including full color photos of fetal development printed in informed consent information.

Gov. Pence’s Real Alternatives program at pregnancy resource centers offers life-affirming and compassionate care to women through pregnancy and as they begin parenting,” Fichter said. “Gov. Pence also has sought to promote adoption through the first ever state income tax credit for Hoosier families who adopt and by hosting an annual Adoption Fair highlighting this loving option.

Mr. Fichter concluded,

“Gov. Pence brings his pro-life credentials to the Trump presidential ticket. In contrast, Hillary Clinton has sought to expand abortion access and fund the life-ending procedure with our tax dollars. She has a cozy relationship with the abortion industry and cannot be trusted to protect life.

“Gov. Pence will advance the cause of life on the campaign trail this fall and will defend the unborn and their mothers if elected Vice President.”

In addition to Gov. Pence, pro-life Texas Senator Ted Cruz, pro-life Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and pro-life Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are also slated to speak.

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