Mike Pence urges the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

Former Vice President Mike Pence leaned into the culture wars on Tuesday, urging the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade on the eve of oral arguments over Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban.

Mr. Pence has been picking and choosing his political struggles since leaving office, throwing himself into the possibility of showing that his loyalty lies with the pro-life movement as he contemplates a 2024 presidential election.

“We ask the court to write history in a clear way,” said Mr. Pence at an event hosted by the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List. “We ask the Supreme Court of the United States to overthrow Roe v. Wade and restore the sanctity of human life to the center of American law.”

“Now our Supreme Court has a chance to rectify the historic mistake once and for all,” he said.

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Wednesday in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

The legal battle is expected to test the court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision of 1973, which affirmed the right to abortion until fetal viability.

It will also serve as a test for the three judges appointed by former President Donald Trump, who in his 2016 campaign had promised to select judges who would overthrow Roe.

The Senate confirmed Mr. Trump’s nomination of judges Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, giving the court a 6-3 Conservative majority.

Pro-life activists hope the court’s conservative majority will withdraw abortion protection.

Mr. Pence said he hopes the judges have the “courage” to overthrow Roe, and he defended the Mississippi law.

“Thanks to advances in modern medicine, the humanity of a 15-week-old baby in the womb is undeniable,” he said. “By upholding Mississippi law, the Supreme Court can move away from the radical fringe and all the way back to the mainstream of Western thought and case law.”

“The fact is that the Americans are ready for an end to the legal tyranny of Roe v. Wade, and a return of this issue back to their democratically elected representatives and the people,” he said.

An ABC News / Washington Post published this week found that by a margin of 60% -27%, most American adults say the court should uphold Roe.

Several Americans, 58% -36%, said they are against state law making it harder for abortion clinics to operate.

Mr. Pence, a conservative Christian, has long been a favorite among social and religious conservative voters, who form a powerful base for the Republican Party.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, chair of the Susan B. Anthony List, said Mr Pence is a “pro-life leader” and his “tireless advocacy work personally and in almost all levels of public service has been indescribable in getting us to this crucial moment.”

“He is a faithful ally of those on the front lines of the pro-life movement,” Ms. Dannenfelser.

The former vice president stayed out of the limelight for several months after the end of the Trump administration.

Mr. Pence disagreed with Mr. Trump on whether he had the constitutional authority to block the certification of the presidential election results in 2020, which made Mr. Trump’s most ardent supporters anger.

Mr. Pence said – and most constitutional scholars agreed – that he lacked the authority to overturn the election result. Mr. Trump disagreed.

The former vice president reappeared in April when he launched an advocacy group dedicated to promoting and defending the Trump administration’s performance.

Mr. Pence in June hosted the annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, hosted by the Hillsborough County Republicans in Manchester, New Hampshire, and delivered a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

Mr. Pence has said he does not know if he will ever see “eye to eye” with Mr. Trump that day.

He has also made it clear that he is “proud of what we have achieved for the American people over the last four years.”

Mr. Pence traveled to Loudoun County, Virginia in late October to weigh in on the struggle for parental involvement in education.

He praised parents and community members who packed school board meetings to sound the alarm about critical race theory, sexually graphic books, transgender policies and other hot-button cultural issues.

Mr. Pence is set to lead a state Senate rally in New Hampshire on Dec. 8, marking his second trip this year to the country’s primary state.

He said Tuesday that the nation could enter a “new era” and lamented the impact of Roe.

Mr. Pence said 62 million unborn children have been aborted, and “unborn children have been separated in a caste of second-class citizens without the most basic human rights.”

“Being babies has lived outside the protection of our laws, at the mercy of a culture that devalues ‚Äč‚Äčthem, and an abortion industry that profits from their suffering,” he said.

“I did not come here today to talk about popular opinion or case law, I came here today to talk about right and wrong – to say that life is a human right and to call on the Supreme Court of the United States to choose life,” he said. Pence said.

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