Vice President Mike Pence has stayed true to his staunch pro-life position when asked about whether he would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned. Pence, who has made several speeches at leading pro-life organizations since taking office, was asked by CNN’s Dana Bash whether he wants to see the landmark ruling, which legalized abortion nationwide, be reversed. “I do,” he answered.
Bash quizzed Pence on his opinion of President Trump’s latest nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Despite being a staunch conservative, Kavanaugh has been careful not to state his unwavering opposition to the Roe ruling. When asked whether he was worried the newest justice would fail to do enough to satisfy the pro-life community, Pence responded:
“Well, Dana, as you know, I’m pro-life; I don’t apologize for it, and I’m proud to be part of a pro-life administration that’s advanced pro-life policies. But what I can assure you is that what the president was looking for here was a nominee who will respect the Constitution as written, who will faithfully uphold the Constitution in all of his interpretations of the law.”
When pressed on his views with regards to the overturning of the historic 1973 ruling, Pence replied: “I do, but I haven’t been nominated to the Supreme Court.”
Bash kept pressing, determined to create an ideological gap between Pence and Kavanaugh. “Right. But you’re part of an administration that campaigned, you and the president, saying you will find nominees to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Will you be disappointed if he is given that opportunity and he doesn’t? Will you be disappointed?” she asked.
CNN's Dana Bash: "Do you still want Roe v. Wade to be overturned?"
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 10, 2018
Pence kept his reply simple, sticking to the issue at hand and reiterating his support for the rights of the unborn. “Well, as I’ve said, I stand for the sanctity of life,” he declared. “This administration, this president, are pro-life. But what the American people ought to know is that, as the president said today, this is not an issue he discussed with Judge Kavanaugh; I didn’t discuss it with him either.”
Yesterday, Pence tweeted that Kavanaugh was a man “of impeccable credentials and character,” adding that “he is the most qualified and most deserving nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States.”
Pence has spoken boldly about his pro-life views on several occasions. Last week, he gave an address at Susan B. Anthony List’s “Life Institute” ahead of the President’s supreme court announcement. “I truly do believe – if all of us do all that we can, that we once again, in our time, restore the sanctity of human life to the center of American law,” he said at the gathering.
I truly do believe – if all of us do all that we can, that we once again, in our time, restore the sanctity of human life to the center of American law. – @VP Mike Pence#ProLife #AnotherGreatJustice #2018midterms pic.twitter.com/1gzLTydE0g
— Susan B Anthony List (@SBAList) July 2, 2018
In January, Pence was the keynote speaker at the annual “March for Life” event. “Proud to address the largest pro-life gathering in the United States, the March for Life,” he tweeted at the time. “This pro-life generation should NEVER DOUBT that POTUS & I STAND WITH YOU, and we will restore the sanctity of LIFE to the center of American law.”