Former Vice President Mike Pence has spoken out about the unprecedented leak of a draft Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade and in doing so paid former President Donald Trump a very big compliment.
In an interview with the Daily Wire, Pence credited Trump ahead of his commencement speech at Patrick Henry College for putting three justices on the nation’s highest court who are constitutionalists.
He went on to suggest that by returning the issue of abortion to states, voters would likely pay more attention to who they are electing on a local level. And he said that Democratic focus on the abortion issue to drive voter turnout in the midterms is an attempt to distract from the party’s failure on the economy, inflation, the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, and other problems.
“I have a very different thought,” he said. “I have a sense that should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade and return the question of abortion to the states, there’s going to be millions of Americans who take a harder look at who they are supporting and electing as governor and as their state legislators on the issues of life.”
“And I think in a very real sense, not only will the prospect of this decision potentially give us a new beginning for life in this country, which I think is the most important moral question in America today, but also I think it will revive a political debate at the state level,” he added.
Overturning Roe v. Wade may also “set the stage for an incredible renewal of everything that’s always made this country great at the state and federal level, in 2022, 2024 and beyond,” the former VP predicted.
“I think you will see, people around the country will be looking for women and men who are willing to stand with them on life, on religious liberty, on parental rights,” he said.
Should the decision to overturn Roe stand, Pence believes the credit should go “first and foremost to the American people who supported a candidate and a ticket that were unapologetically pro-life.”
“Both President Trump and I spoke plainly in the campaign in 2016 about our commitment to the sanctity of life,” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud to have been part of the most pro-life administration in American history.”
He then complimented the former president.
“President Trump kept his word, appointed strict constructionists to the Supreme Court of the United States. And it should come as no surprise that three of the justices, out of the five, in the draft opinion, were appointed by our administration,” he said.
“Our record on life didn’t stop at the Supreme Court,” he noted. “We saw the appointment and confirmation of nearly 300 other conservative judges to our federal courts at every level. We reestablished the Mexico City policy that banned federal dollars from supporting organizations around the world that provide or promote abortion. We provided millions of dollars of support to crisis pregnancy centers around the country. As vice president, I was the first official at my level to ever visit a crisis pregnancy center while in office. And I was honored to do so.”
Pence also noted that he cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate as vice president that allowed Trump to sign a bill giving states authority to defund Planned Parenthood.
“Our record on the right to life was consistent,” he said. “Pro-lifers around America, me included, couldn’t be more grateful that President Donald Trump kept his word and appointed conservatives to our court.”
“When Roe v. Wade is overturned, it will be because of the appointments that President Trump made to the court and the willingness of the American people to support an administration and to support Republican leaders in the United States Senate who stood by the right to life,” he added.