Vice President Pence: "I'm pro-life," while Biden, Harris support abortion until "the moment of birth"

by Jenny Mount · Oct 8th, 2020 3:18 pm

Last Updated Oct 9th, 2020 at 11:38 am

Vice President Mike Pence contrasted the position of the Democratic ticket when he said he is pro-life during Wednesday's debate.

"I couldn't be more proud to serve as vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life," Pence said. "I'm pro-life. I don't apologize for it, and this is another one of those cases where there's such a dramatic contrast. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support taxpayer funding of abortion all the way up to the moment of birth. Late-term abortion."

Democrat vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris responded to Pence by calling abortion "an issue of choice."

"I will always fight for a woman's right to make a decision about her own body," Harris said.

Biden and Harris have both expressed support for abortions, and, up to this point, neither have said they support any restrictions regarding abortion.

Harris said if she were elected president, she would require states trying to pass legislation "that is designed to prevent or limit a woman's access to reproductive health care, that those laws have to come before my Department of Justice for a review and approval and until we determine that they are constitutional, they will not take effect."

In recent candidate surveys, Harris and Biden agreed that if the Supreme Court decision is overturned, they will push to codify Roe v. Wade, which makes access to abortion a constitutional right and requires access to abortion until the end of the first trimester. Roe v. Wade also allows abortions to be carried out in the last two trimesters if a doctor rules they preserve "the life or health of the mother."

Biden and Harris have been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund and other groups that fight against restrictions on abortion.

Trump has received wide support from pro-life groups across the county. He also marks the first sitting president in United States history to attend and address the annual March for Life in person.


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