By Dave Andrusko
If you had a chance to watch “Fox News Sunday” yesterday, you know that moderator Chris Wallace grilled pro-life Indiana Gov. and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence. Which is fine although it would be nice if pro-abortion Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine would get the same level of scrutiny on all the Sunday talk shows.
Our single-issue focus is on what Wallace calls “a lightening round — quick questions, quick answers.” The last exchange in particular. Here it is in its entirety:
WALLACE: Finally, you signed an abortion bill this year that bans a woman for getting an abortion because her fetus has genetic abnormalities. Now, I know that you would like to see Roe versus Wade reversed. But given the fact that it’s still the law of the land, why does the state have the authority to limit the reasons a woman has to end her pregnancy?
PENCE: Well, I’m pro-life, I don’t apologize for it. I’d like to see Roe versus Wade overturned and consigned to the ash heap of history.
We took a stand in the state of Indiana, that frankly many countries have taken, that abortions for the reason of race or sex are morally offensive, and we stand by that. But we also cherish those who have disabilities in the state of Indiana, and taking a step in the direction of protecting the unborn — who are facing physical challenges and disabilities, I think was the right thing to do.
WALLACE: And you still believe that, that a woman should not be allowed to have an abortion —
PENCE: Well, it’s before the courts right now, and the courts will resolve that matter —
WALLACE: But you still believe that?
PENCE: I believe in the sanctity of life, and I stand for that principle, and I’m grateful to be standing with Donald Trump in his strong commitment to the right to life.
Two quick points. First, every offensive against abortion on demand, whether the narrowest or much broader, will be contested in the courts. Such has it been, such as it will ever be.
Gov. Pence made no apologies. He made the straightforward point that destroying an unborn child because she is a she and not a he or because a prenatal test finds a genetic anomaly is particularly abhorrent. In passing HEA 1337, the Indiana legislature said no to a blatant act of discrimination.
Second, the route that someday ends with Roe being “consigned to the ash heap of history” will sometimes be straight ahead, other times more circuitous. But each effort is intended to highlight how grotesquely at odds abortion is with the founding principles of our democracy.
And slaughtering an unborn child because she is a girl or because she doesn’t meet someone’s arbitrary definition of perfection powerfully illustrates that incongruity.