On Tuesday, on the eve of the Supreme Court taking up the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that could ultimately lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, former Vice President Mike Pence, speaking at a National Press Club gathering hosted by the pro-life group the Susan B. Anthony List, urged the Supreme Court to overturn Roe, declaring that Roe should be sent to the “ash heap of history where it belongs.”
Pence said, “It should fill your heart with immense joy and pride to know that every night, somewhere in America as the sun goes down, there’s a young mother in almost every community in the land tucking a little one to bed, kissing her forehead, saying a prayer, and thanking God that you helped her choose life.”
“I have long believed that a society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable,” Pence stated. “The aged, the infirmed, the disabled, and the unborn. And I did not come here today to speak about popular opinion or jurisprudence. I came here today to speak about right and wrong. To say, life is a human right and urge the Supreme Court of the United States to choose life. Today, we gather on the verge of what may be a new era in American history. An era in which all human life is, once again, cherished and respected. An era in which the great moral questions of our time are once again decided by the people through their chosen representatives instead of unelected judges. As we stand here today, we may well be on the verge of an era when the Supreme Court sends Roe v. Wade to the ash heap of history where it belongs.”
“We are asking the court in no uncertain terms to make history,” Pence asserted. “We are asking the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn Roe v. Wade and restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law. St. Augustine said, ‘The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it. Just let it loose and it will defend itself.’ So here’s the truth about abortion. Since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973, the heartbreaking consequences of the Roe decision cannot be overstated. More than 62 million unborn children in the United States have been aborted. In other words, nearly 20% of the U.S. population is gone. Lives of incalculable promise were ended before they were born. And countless young women, now for two generations, have experienced the heartbreak and sorrow, and often late in life, the regret that can last a lifetime.”
“When I think of young women victimized by the for-profit abortion industry, it breaks my heart,” Pence said. “I think of the young mother who said not long ago, ‘Not a day goes by that I don’t think of my lost child.’ And she added, ‘I would never wish this pain on anybody.’”
“Finally, life is winning in America as a new generation has been awakened,” Pence posited. “The eyes of millions of young people have been opened and we’re changing the culture for life one life at a time. I witness this every year that we attended the March for Life on our nation’s capital. And over these past 20 years, traveling all across this country, even this past year as a private citizen, I can attest this rising generation is the pro-life generation.
“It’s a choice between two distinct futures, two distinct worldviews that are as far from one another as the east is from the west,” Pence said. “The Left believes children are a burden. We believe children are a gift from God. The left believes the institution of the family is outdated and unnecessary, we believe that family is the bedrock of civilization.”
“So on this day, the day before The Supreme Court hears the oral arguments in the Dobbs case, we hope and pray that our renewed conservative majority on the court will restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law,” Pence declared. “This is about saving the lives of millions of children yet unborn. But make no mistake about it, this is also about justice and the future of this nation.”
So to everyone here and those looking on, thank you. Thank you for bringing us to this day, when the American people are on the eve of an opportunity to reclaim a society where every life is treated with compassion, dignity, and respect. For our children and grandchildren, born and unborn. For young women facing the crisis of an unexpected pregnancy. For the rule of law and for America. I urge my fellow Americans to cherish life. To pray tomorrow and every day between now and next spring for the Justices on our Supreme Court to have the courage to seize this moment for life. And join us, as we humbly ask our new conservative majority on The Supreme Court of the United States, overturn Roe v. Wade, and give America a new beginning for life.