Veepstakes

Meet Trump’s apparent VP pick, a ferocious warrior against reproductive rights

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets Indiana Gov. Mike Pence at the Grand Park Events Center on July 12, 2016 in Westfield, Indiana. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

The winner of presumptive Republican Donald Trump’s veepstakes, according to a number of reports swirling in the media*, is Indiana Governor Mike Pence. The losers, according to Mike Pence’s record on reproductive rights, are the the women of the United States of America**. It’s almost impossible to know exactly where the candidate himself stands on the issue as he has seemingly given all manner of answers when questioned on the topic.

But there is no mistaking where Pence stands.

The Daily Beast put together a useful chronicle of Pence’s war on reproductive rights, not only during his three years as governor but for the 10 years he represented the state in the U.S. House of Representatives. In less than a single term as the chief executive of Indiana, Pence championed and signed an abortion law that is so extreme a federal judge deemed it unconstitutional last month and blocked it from taking effect. The bill was whipped together so quickly and was so onerous, some Indiana Republicans even opposed it, according to The Associated Press. After the law was signed in March, women in Indiana began calling Pence’s office to regale him with stories about their menstruation. The hashtag #PeriodsForPence took off on Twitter, and women mocked Pence with humorous remarks like, “I have cramps! Is it menstrual or the large number of politicians in my uterus? @GovPenceIN Please advise,” The Daily Beast pointed out.

And that’s just what Pence was able to do since assuming the governor’s office in 2013. As a Congressman, Pence, amid his attempts to thwart abortion rights, once said, “I long for the day that Roe v. Wade is sent to the ash heap of history, when we move past the broken hearts and the broken lives of the past 38 years.”

*If these reports turn out to be true, which Trump’s campaign manager on Thursday suggested in a Twitter post were premature.

**If Donald Trump wins the November presidential election, which the nation’s foremost prognosticator and multiple betting marks say is a highly unlikely outcome.

Read the full story at The Daily Beast.

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