Well, this is incredibly scary. Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, said on Friday that Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, will be overturned after Donald Trump is elected president in November.
Answering a question from an audience member during a town hall in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Indiana governor said a Republican win in the fall will lead to changes in the nation’s highest court. Pence said, “I couldn’t be more proud to be standing shoulder to shoulder with the next pro-life president of the USA. I believe we’ll see Roe v. Wade consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs.”
The immediate balance of the Supreme Court does hang in the balance because Republicans decided earlier this year not to hold hearings for President Barack Obama’s pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia, a strong conservative, died in February and Obama nominated U.S. Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland to replace him. The court has had eight justices since Scalia’s death.
Pence continued, “While we’re choosing a president for the next four years, this next president will make decisions that will impact our Supreme Court for the next 40. Go tell your neighbors and your friends, for the sake of the rule of law, for the sake of sanctity of life, for the sake of our Second Amendment, for the sake of all our other God-given liberties, we must insure the next president appointing justices to the Supreme Court is Donald Trump.”
Pence has been a long-time abortion foe, offering an amendment in 2011 while a member of the U.S. House to defund Planned Parenthood because it provides abortions, noted the Post.
As governor, Pence signed a new abortion ban in March denying the procedure to women who wanted to end her pregnancy because the fetus had an abnormality. “I sign this legislation with a prayer that God would continue to bless these precious children, mothers and families,” Pence said of the bill.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, though, blocked the law from taking effect on June 30, saying the law likely would be unconstitutional and violate past Supreme Court precedents, according to The Indianapolis Star.