By Dave Andrusko
On a Friday, one year ago, then-candidate Donald Trump made one of his most consequential decisions in his ultimately successful campaign to become the 45th President of the United States. He chose Mike Pence, governor of Indiana and long-time congressman from Indiana’s 2nd congressional district, to be his vice presidential running mate.
As we wrote at the time, from the single-issue pro-life perspective, the selection of Pence, who served six terms in Congress, would have been difficult to surpass.
His record on abortion while in Congress from 2001 to 2012 was rock-solid. In 2012, Pence was elected Indiana governor and was hugely popular with Indiana Right to Life, NRLC’s staff affiliate.
I mention this today, not just because we are one-year away from this fateful decision, but to remind ourselves how lucky we are to have Vice President Pence. I’m not entirely sure why, but I was reminded of this approaching anniversary earlier this week when Pence went on the Rush Limbaugh show.
There he expressed his deep concern for “the heartbreaking story” of little Charlie Gard and his parents, Connie Yates and Chris Yard, which he warned “is a story of single-payer” healthcare.”
“I know you’ve covered that on this program. And it’s back in court today [Monday] and frankly we breathe a prayer and the hope that the single-payer system in England will see its way clear to allow the family – the mother and the father – to be able to choose the greatest extent of life-saving treatment that’s available to their child.”
I cannot begin to tell you how grateful we at National Right to Right were when Vice President Pence told the March for Life that “Life is winning again in America.” In his remarks Mr. Pence mentioned pro-life President Trump numerous times, pledging the Trump Administration to work with the Movement.
“Today, because of all of you and the many thousands who stand with us in marches like this all across the nation, life is winning again in America. That is evident in the election of pro-life majorities in the Congress of the United States of America. But it is no more evident in any way than in the historic election of a president who stands for a stronger America, a more prosperous America, and a president who I proudly say stands for the right to life, President Donald Trump. President Trump actually asked me to be here with you today. He asked me to thank you for your support – to thank you for your stand for life and for your compassion for the women and children of America.
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“At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue we are in the promise-keeping business. That’s why on Monday President Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy to prevent foreign aid from funding organizations that promote abortion worldwide. That’s why this administration will work with the Congress to end taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion providers, and we will devote those resources to health care services for women across America. And that’s why next week, President Donald Trump will announce a Supreme Court nominee who will uphold the God-given liberties enshrined in our Constitution.
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“I have long believed a society can be judged by how we care for our most vulnerable: the aged, the infirm, the disabled and the unborn.
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“Life is winning through the steady advance of science that illuminates when life begins more and more every day. Life is winning through the generosity of millions of adopted families who open their hearts and homes to children in need. Life is winning through the compassion of caregivers and volunteers at crisis pregnancy centers and faith-based organization who minister to women in the cities and towns across this country. And life is winning through the quiet councils between mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters, between friends across kitchen tables and over coffee at college campuses. The truth is being told. Compassion is overcoming convenience and hope is defeating despair. In a word: life is winning in America because of all of you.”
It is hard, now, to imagine Hillary Clinton and Tim Paine in the White House. Makes you shudder.
But it could have happened, were pro-lifers and kindred spirits not aware of the stakes. Instead, you stood strong.
The results? The pro-life team of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.