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Former Vice President Mike Pence took verbal aim at his successor, Vice President Kamala Harris, after she railed at pro-life Republicans.
During a speech last week following the unprecedented leak of a draft Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, Harris blamed Republicans if the final ruling remains the same, according to Business Insider.
“Those Republicans leaders who are trying to weaponize the use of the law against women — how dare they?” she said. “How dare they tell a woman what she can do and cannot do with her own body? How dare they? How dare they try to stop her from determining her own future? How dare they try to deny women their rights and their freedoms?”
Pence, who is staunchly pro-life, took issue with Harris, noting that since the pained 1973 Roe decision that claimed a constitutional right to abortion, “62 million unborn boys and girls ended” up that way.
“Since 1973, generations of mothers enduring heartbreaking and loss that can last a lifetime. Madame Vice President, how dare you?” he said at an event for the Carolina Pregnancy Center.
“My hope, and frankly my prayer, is that those five justices on the Supreme Court have the courage of their convictions and will give us a fresh start on life in America,” he said ahead of the decision being formalized, which will likely not happen until June.
“No matter what happens in the coming weeks, the pro-abortion left will not succeed. The Supreme Court of the United States will not be intimidated and we will never stop fighting for the sanctity of life,” he said.
In an interview with The Daily Wire on Saturday, Pence praised then-President Donald Trump for choosing three constitutionally-minded justices to sit on the nation’s highest court.
“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.”
He went on to note that he was able to cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate as vice president that allowed Trump to sign a bill giving states the 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.