Vice Presidential debate provides unmistakably clear contrasts on abortion

By Laura Echevarria

Editor’s note. This appears on page 15 of the October digital issue of National Right to Life News. Please share the contents of this important edition with pro-life family and friends.

In response to a question during Wednesday night’s debate, Vice President Mike Pence strongly reaffirmed the Trump/Pence Administration’s stance on protecting the right to life of the most vulnerable among us: 

I couldn’t be more proud to serve as vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life. I’m pro-life—I don’t apologize for it.

The Trump/Pence Administration supports the right to life. 

Mr. Pence continued:

And this is another one of those cases where there is 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, they want to increase funding to Planned Parenthood of America. Now, for our part…we’ll continue to stand strong for the right to life.

The team of Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris does not support the right to life. 

In fact, even before the debate the stark contrast was clear to the media. ABC News reporter Alexandra Svokos wrote:

Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris are set to face off on Wednesday in a debate bound to display their drastically opposing views on the issue…

Svokos continues by providing an overview of each vice-presidential candidate’s—and their respective campaign’s position—on the abortion issue by looking at their history and the policies they each have supported. Of Vice President Mike Pence, she wrote in part:

Vice President Mike Pence has spoken openly about his Christian faith and its influence on his politics. He is a frequent speaker at March for Life in Washington, D.C. In speeches there, he has quoted the Bible and said that the 1973 Supreme Court “turned its back on the unalienable right to life” with its Roe ruling.

Of Senator Kamala Harris, Svokos noted the Senator’s extremism on the issue by pointing to Senator Harris’ “Reproductive Rights Act”:

As a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, Harris proposed a unique plan to protect abortion rights and access. Modeling it on the Voting Rights Act, her proposed plan would require states get federal approval to enact restrictive laws, in what’s known as a pre-clearance requirement.

“When elected, I’m going to put in place and require that states that have a history of passing 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,” she explained in May 2019 in an MSNBC town hall, “and until we determine that they are constitutional, they will not take effect.”

Svokos is one of only a handful of reporters to recently report on the “Reproductive Rights Act” that Sen. Harris made a cornerstone of her ill-fated presidential campaign. But it is no secret that Sen. Harris has been unequivocal in her support of abortion on demand—and pro-abortion groups have lined up behind her and Joe Biden.

NARAL Pro-Choice America gave Sen. Harris a rating of 100 percent.

Planned Parenthood has dedicated a page on its website touting “Nine Reasons to Love Kamala Harris” including this:

Biden’s selection of Harris makes it clear that in the White House, their administration would not only protect reproductive rights — but also advance and expand them.

The vice-presidential debates gave the candidates an opportunity to expand on their position on abortion. Vice President Pence made a clear statement in support of the right to life. Sen. Harris refused to tell the truth about abortion or the Biden/Harris plan to expand abortion on demand. And, like Biden, she refused to say whether she supported packing the Supreme Court with additional justices.

Sen. Harris may have tried to hide her extreme position on abortion from everyday Americans but her record and her words speak for themselves.