WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reaction to Gov. Mike Pence's outspoken offense on the Clinton-Kaine effort to increase the number of abortions in American continues to come in. Pence – who is Donald Trump's vice-presidential running mate – made his position clear Monday night during the VP debate when he said:
But what I can’t understand is with Hillary Clinton, and now Senator Kaine at her side, is to support a practice like partial birth abortion. I mean, to hold to the view – and I know Senator Kaine, you hold pro-life views personally – but the very idea that a child that is almost born into the world could still have their life taken from them is just anathema to me. I can’t conscience about a party that supports that. And I know [Sen. Kaine has] historically opposed taxpayer funding of abortion, but Hillary Clinton wants to repeal the longstanding provision in the law where we said we wouldn't use taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.
More and more young people today are embracing life because we know we’re better for it. Like Mother Teresa said at that famous national prayer breakfast: Bring the children. Let’s welcome the children into our world.
A society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable: the aged, the infirmed, the disabled and the unborn. I believe it with all my heart that I couldn’t be more proud to be standing with a pro-life candidate in Donald Trump.
Illinois resident Jill Stanek, who just joined Trump's Pro-Life leadership group earlier this week, was pleased that the Indiana governor initiated the topic of abortion when asked about his faith.
"The point at which Pence brought up the abortion issue was perfect," Stanek said. "It was just after Kaine expressed angst for being forced to abide by the death penalty in apparent contradiction of his faith. Did Kaine show similar or even 'any' remorse for supporting his party's platform on abortion? Quite the contrary, he immediately became a cheerleader for legalized abortion."
Stanek's not alone in her thoughts about Pence's purposeful comments and their timing in the debate.
"Pro-lifers around the country are so grateful for his conviction and cogency," Stanek told Illinois Review. "Pence focused on two areas most Americans consistently poll as being with us on: opposition to late-term abortions, particularly the gruesome partial birth abortion procedure, and opposition to taxpayer funded abortions.
"As for partial birth abortion, Pence was sincere and sad that Kaine could possibly support it, a compelling tone to take," she said.
National prolife group Susan B. Anthony List's President Marjorie Dannenfelser agreed with Stanek.
“Gov. Pence hit the nail on the head last night. The Clinton-Kaine position in support of abortion on-demand, up until the moment of birth, paid for by taxpayers, is dramatically out of step with the majority of Americans – and even among members of their own party. SBA List and our partner super PAC, Women Speak Out, have been on the ground in battleground states bringing this message not only to pro-life voters, but persuadable Democrats and Hispanics voters as well. To hear Gov. Pence lay out the clear difference between the two tickets is encouraging and motivating for voters who can make the difference in this election.”
A recent Marist poll found that a majority of Americans (62 percent) oppose taxpayer funding of abortion including 45 percent of those who say they are “pro-choice” and 44 percent of Democrats. According to Gallup, one-third of Democrats identify themselves as pro-life.