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Originally published by NRLC July 15, 2016  Donald Trump.
Used with Permission.
By Dave Andrusko

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump at a July 12 rally in Westfield, Indiana. (Photo: AP)

Ending weeks of speculation, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced today on Twitter, ”I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate.”

There will be a Saturday news conference, he added. Mr. Trump had been expected to have the news conference today but he held off because of the “horrible attack” that took place Thursday in Nice, France.

“With a solid pro-life voting record on abortion during his time in Congress, and through his pro-life actions as Indiana Governor, Mike Pence has proven himself to be a strong and outspoken leader for the right-to-life,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life.

From the single-issue pro-life perspective, the selection of Pence, who also served six terms in Congress, would be difficult to surpass.

His record on abortion while in Congress from 2001 to 2012 was exemplary.

Then Congressman Pence served on the House Judiciary Committee, and on the Subcommittee on the Constitution. As a member of these key panels, he participated actively in hearings and committee action on a number of major pro-life bills, including the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, enacted in 2003, and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, enacted in 2004.

He was an early leader of efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. In the current climate of the Obama Administration’s assault on religious liberties, the selection of Pence, a staunch defender of religious freedom, is particularly helpful.

Pence was elected Indiana governor in 2012 and is hugely popular with Indiana Right to Life, NRLC’s staff affiliate.

“Gov. Pence is devoted to protecting the unborn and their mothers,” said Indiana Right to Life President and CEO, Mike Fichter. “Gov. Pence’s pro-life stance is more than a talking point; Gov. Pence has put his pro-life position into action time and time again. Indiana is a better state for the unborn and their mothers because of the Governor’s pro-life leadership.”

Fichter added, “Since becoming governor, Gov. Pence has advanced the pro-life cause through legislation and his administration. Under Gov. Pence, there are four fewer abortion facilities. The state abortion rate has been steadily declining every year. The state is enforcing health regulations that protect women’s health, and abortion doctors know they don’t have a free pass.”

In a press statement lauding the choice, Indiana Right to Life listed the many pro-life measures Gov. Pence has signed to bring dignity to the unborn and their mothers. He has signed bills to

* Promote umbilical cord donation, an ethical alternative to embryonic stem cell research.

* Increase awareness of positive support for parents of Down syndrome children

* Provide information on perinatal hospice to parents who receive an adverse prenatal diagnosis

* Increase informed consent measures for women seeking abortions, including full color photos of fetal development printed in informed consent information.

Gov. Pence’s Real Alternatives program at pregnancy resource centers offers life-affirming and compassionate care to women through pregnancy and as they begin parenting,” Fichter said. “Gov. Pence also has sought to promote adoption through the first ever state income tax credit for Hoosier families who adopt and by hosting an annual Adoption Fair highlighting this loving option.

Mr. Fichter concluded,

“Gov. Pence brings his pro-life credentials to the Trump presidential ticket. In contrast, Hillary Clinton has sought to expand abortion access and fund the life-ending procedure with our tax dollars. She has a cozy relationship with the abortion industry and cannot be trusted to protect life.

“Gov. Pence will advance the cause of life on the campaign trail this fall and will defend the unborn and their mothers if elected Vice President.”

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For immediate release: Friday, July 15, 2016
For more information: Tatiana Bergum, (202) 626-8825, mediarelations@nrlc.org
WASHINGTON – The president of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of state right-to-life affiliates, said today that pro-life Indiana Governor Mike Pence is an “excellent choice” for vice president by presumptive Republican nominee Donald J. Trump. Trump announced Pence as his running mate via Twitter this morning. A press conference is expected tomorrow morning in New York.“With a solid pro-life voting record on abortion during his time in Congress, and through his pro-life actions as Indiana governor, Mike Pence has proven himself to be a strong leader for the right to life,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life.

During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives (2001-2012), Pence, served as a member of the House Judiciary Committee and on the Subcommittee on the Constitution. In those positions, Pence actively participated in hearings and committee action on a number of major pro-life bills, including the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, enacted in 2003, and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, enacted in 2004. National Right to Life scorecards for those years are accessible via National Right to Life’s Legislative Action Center.

As governor of Indiana, Pence has championed several pro-life measures, including most recently a bill that, among other things, would ban abortionists from knowingly aborting an unborn baby solely because of a disability or because of the baby’s race or gender. It is currently enjoined pending litigation.

“Mike Pence brings a strong pro-life background to the Republican ticket, which contrasts with the extreme pro-abortion position of Hillary Clinton and the Democrats,” said Tobias.

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.

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Georgia Life Alliance is Affiliate of National Right to Life in Georgia.

July 5, 2016   Politics

By Dave Andrusko

 Pro-abortion Hillary Clinton

I’d meant to get to a story that appeared Friday in the Washington Post about the Democrats’ platform [“Democrats release draft of platform, with shifts to left on death penalty, abortion, taxes”] but time got away from me.

Here’s David Weigel’s lead:

The Democratic National Committee released the latest draft of its 2016 platform late Friday afternoon, a week after Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) promised to fight “on the floor of the convention” if more progressive planks did not make it in.

Weigel tells his readers reporters previously only had a summary of the platform and a leak on which to base stories about the party’s platform. “After multiple requests from the media, and at least one leak, the party is effectively giving the public one week to peruse the language before the full platform committee meets in Orlando.”

So what is the party’s position on abortion? Only a tiny portion of the section is included. Instead Weigel talks about how, for “the first time, the 2016 Democratic platform says that the party will attempt to repeal the Hyde Amendment.”

We will continue to oppose — and seek to overturn — federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment … we support the repeal of harmful restrictions that obstruct women’s access to health care information and services, including the “global gag rule” and the Helms Amendment that bars U.S. assistance to provide safe, legal abortion throughout the developing world.

Translated out of AbortionSpeak and into English, what is the party is going after?

The Hyde Amendment is a provision attached to the annual appropriations bill that covers many federal health programs (including Medicaid). More federal funding means more–lots more–dead babies.

The most conservative estimates are that at least a million people (not to count their descendants) are alive today because of the Hyde Amendment. Testifying before a congressional committee in 2011, NRLC Federal Legislative Director Douglas Johnson said NRLC “believes that the Hyde Amendment has proven itself to be the greatest domestic abortion-reduction law ever enacted by Congress.”

The public overwhelming supports not allowing federal funding of abortion.

Getting rid of the Hyde Amendment is a major priority for Hillary Clinton, the pro-abortion presumptive Democratic nominee for President.

The Helms Amendment is a law that prohibits the use of certain types of foreign aid funds for abortion “as a method of family planning.”

Weigel says there are other portions of the platform that Clinton would not agree with. She agrees 100% with the platform on abortion.

Just a word about the remainder of the section on “Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice.” Here are the first three sentences, which is indicative:

“Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We believe unequivocally that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion–regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured. We believe that reproductive health is core to women’s, men’s, and young people’s health and wellbeing.”

Originally published by National Right to Life Committee, July 5, 2016.

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