Vice President Mike Pence made a monumental but rather unsurprising announcement in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash when asked of the fate of abortion rights in America.
Ever since the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, pro-choice advocates feared for the fate Roe v. Wade, a 1973 ruling that made abortion legal in the United States. Kennedy, who used to act as a swing vote, would side with abortion rights.
When asked if he wants Roe v. Wade to be overturned, the vice president said, “I do.” However, he remained mum over President Donald Trump’s nominee to the SCOTUS, Brett Kavanaugh’s, intention if he gets confirmed.
Kavanaugh, who comes with his own set of problems, has not yet shown direct intent to overturn the decision but has been a long standing opponent of abortion rights.
This is not the first time Pence has publicly admitted he wants Roe v. Wade overturned. During the 2016 campaign, Pence said that he hoped to see the ruling end up on "the ash heap of history.” Then-presidential candidate Trump also predicted that Roe v. Wade would be overturned "automatically" if he appointed “pro-life” justices to the court.
However, Pence insisted neither he nor the president have discussed Roe v. Wade with Kavanaugh.
"I stand for the sanctity of life. This administration, this President are pro-life, but what the American people ought to know is that, as the President said today, this is not an issue he discussed with Judge Kavanaugh, I didn't discuss it with him either," Pence said in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash that aired on "The Situation Room.”
During the same interview, Pence defended the government’s efforts to reunite the children separated from their families as a result of the zero-tolerance policy and, like his boss, failed to label Russia as a foe of the United States.
Pence, has been anything but a supporter of abortion rights, with his extreme far-right viewpoints often mocked by the president. And if Pence’s track record against the LGBTQ community is any indication, there is a huge chance Roe v. Wade might soon get overturned.
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