Pence Criticizes Trump Over Stance on Abortion Ban

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( – Former Vice President Mike Pence has publicly criticized his former boss, Donald Trump, for not supporting a national abortion ban, expressing disappointment in Trump’s approach to the abortion debate. In an opinion piece published in The New York Times, Pence voiced his dissatisfaction, particularly after the significant role he played in the overturning of Roe v. Wade, which he considers his most notable achievement during his tenure as Vice President.

Pence spoke up following Trump’s declaration that he views abortion as a matter primarily for state legislation, not federal, and his refusal to commit to signing a bill that would ban late-term abortions nationwide after 15 weeks of pregnancy. This refusal came during a press interaction in Georgia, where Trump plainly stated he would not support such a federal ban.

Reflecting on their time in office together, Pence recalled what he believed was Trump’s earlier commitment to the pro-life cause, remarking on the shift in his stance and accusing him of leading the Republican Party away from their traditional values on this issue. According to Pence, this retreat is influencing other Republicans, including some who are currently campaigning, to adopt a similar position on state-level autonomy over abortion laws.

Pence pointed to a specific instance involving Kari Lake, a Senate candidate from Arizona and a Trump ally, who has opposed efforts to challenge a state law dating back to 1864 that prohibits abortions from the moment of conception except to save the life of the mother.

During an appearance on Fox News Live, Pence further criticized what he argues is a lack of firm leadership on the pro-life front, claiming that it causes others within the party to hesitate on the issue. He emphasized the importance of steadfastness, suggesting that displaying courage can lead to emulation, whereas showing weakness can do the opposite.

He also argued that the Republican Party should not fear the electoral repercussions of advocating for a 15-week national abortion ban, citing the successful reelection of Republican governors such as Brian Kemp of Georgia, Greg Abbott of Texas, and Mike DeWine of Ohio, who have all enacted stringent abortion restrictions in their states. Pence contends that when Republicans maintain a strong, unapologetic stance on life, contrasting their views against what he described as the extremism of the pro-abortion left, it leads to electoral success.

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