Mike Pence Calls For Nationwide Abortion Ban
The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. The United States no longer recognizes a right to the medical privacy required to ensure safe and legal access to abortions. Still, as anti-choice advocates have argued, this doesn’t mean that abortion won’t be available legally in the U.S., only that states will get to decide individually what access they’ll protect, right?
Well, sort of, but potentially not for long. The obvious next step for forced-birth extremists is an abortion ban that is enacted at the federal level and strips every person with a uterus of that right across the nation. Of course, the far-right is already lining up to propose it, and Mike Pence is at the head of the line.
According to the New York Times, he’s already celebrating the end of nationwide protection of access to reproductive care, and has called for a ban on abortions in every state — even as he praised the decision being “returned to the states.”
“By returning the question of abortion to the states and to the people, this Supreme Court has righted a historic wrong and reaffirmed the right of the American people to govern themselves at the state level in a manner consistent with their values and aspirations…Having been given this second chance for Life, we must not rest and must not relent until the sanctity of life is restored to the center of American law in every state in the land.”
Pence has long been an opponent of abortion rights, and in 2018, an abortion law he signed into law in 2016 as Governor of Indiana was declared unconstitutional and overturned, as CNN reported at the time. That law would have prevented a pregnant person from seeking an abortion if the fetus was deemed likely to be born with disabilities.