Washington, DC — Today, former Vice President Mike Pence filed paperwork to declare that he is running for the Republican nomination for president. For decades, Pence has made anti-abortion extremism a central pillar of his political identity—even lauding himself for his role in ending Roe v. Wade. As Indiana’s governor, Pence signed a host of bills into law to restrict abortion care and criminalize doctors. Pence has been a longtime supporter of a nationwide abortion ban and, as a former member of the House of Representatives, pushed extremist anti-abortion legislation, earning him a score of “zero” on NARAL’s Congressional Record on Reproductive Freedom every year.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Mini Timmaraju released the following statement in response:
“Mike Pence’s political career has been crafted around his extreme, anti-abortion views. From helping to stack the U.S. Supreme Court with the conservative ideologues who overturned Roe v. Wade to signing bill after bill into law to roll back abortion access as Indiana’s governor, Pence has shown us time and again who he is. Let’s be clear: a Mike Pence presidency would be a second term for the dangerous MAGA extremists who tried to overthrow their own government. NARAL will continue to defend our democracy and reproductive freedom against all threats, including this one.”
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for everybody. NARAL is powered by its 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.