Mike Pence has many things planned if he and Donald Trump are elected. One of those things is to overturn Roe vs. Wade. In a town hall meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he stated the following.
“We’ll see Roe vs. Wade consigned to an ash heap of history, where it belongs.”
Considering the laws he has passed in Indiana, it appears he means what he says. In March, he passed a law that requires the mother of an abortion or miscarriage to bury the fetal remains/tissue or have it cremated [at the expense of the mother]. He has also deliberately blocked funds from Planned Parenthood, attempted to shut down abortion clinics (unconstitutionally), and banned private insurances from covering abortions. Can Mike Pence’s plan come to fruition if he and Trump are elected?
Donald Trump clearly supports Mike Pence’s plans. Trump has openly stated that he will absolutely appoint pro-life judges. There are three more Supreme Court judges set to retire, as well as the current open spot waiting to be filled. If Trump and Pence are elected, the decisions they make for Supreme Court judges will affect our country for the next 40 years. It will give Pence and his animated partner the ability to cooperatively overturn Roe vs. Wade by a majority vote when brought before the Supreme Court.
If I win the Presidency, we will swamp Justice Ginsburg with real judges and real legal opinions!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2016
Before the 1973 Roe vs. Wade case, abortion laws were left in the hands of the state. Mike Pence’s plans are to return the power to a smaller level of government. The Center for Reproductive Rights estimates that 21 states have a high-probability of outlawing abortion immediately should Roe v. Wade fall: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin, 15 of which consist of a Republican-dominated demographic.
On a positive note, the Center for Reproduction Rights also predicts that there are several areas of the country that will continue to protect abortion rights. Despite Mike Pence’s plans, women will still have access, albeit in limited forms. Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, and Washington support the continuation of pro-choice legal stances.
There are four states that have already passed laws that would immediately outlaw abortion should Mike Pence’s plans be brought to fruition: Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, and South Dakota. These areas have laws in place expressing intent to restrict access to abortions: Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, North Dakota, and Ohio. Both Louisiana and Utah have even passed anti-abortion laws after Roe vs. Wade, which were declared unconstitutional.
What happens if Mike Pence’s plans to make abortion illegal become reality? Do women stop having abortions? No, abortions do not stop; they became dangerous, unsanitary, and incredibly risky. While affluent women will simply pay licensed physicians to perform illegal abortions, women of lesser means will feel forced to travel a more dangerous path. Back-alley abortions will no longer be a thing of the past.
@DrJillStein Incremental change keeps us safe. W/out it Roe v Wade, the ACA, and marriage equality would be quickly overturned.
— Young Cat Lady (@AlainnFocail) August 25, 2016
Mike Pence plans to take a step backward in the area of women’s rights. Mike Pence plans to back women into a corner. What happens when fetal alcohol syndrome and children born with drug addictions rises swiftly? Does Mike Pence have a plan for the immense rise in the need for health and addiction care centers once these unwanted children are born? Mike Pence plans to ensure that Roe vs. Wade is overturned, and this will be the result.
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