In a speech before the Susan B. Anthony List and Life Institute on Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence made a bold prediction about the future of abortion law in the United States. Speaking in Nashville to the pro-life group, Pence said he was confident that this generation would be the one to “restore the sanctity of life” and bring about the end of Roe v. Wade.
“If all of us do all we can, we can once again in our time restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law,” said Pence. “I know in my heart of hearts this will be the generation that restores life in America.”
Pence said he was proud to serve under the “most pro-life president in American history,” and credited Trump for “keeping his word” to the pro-life community.
While Trump has presided over legislation that allowed states to defund Planned Parenthood and the eradication of federal funds going to NGOs that promote abortion, meaningful pro-life legislation has proven more difficult to achieve. A major bill that would have banned abortion after the 20-week threshold passed the House but was blocked by Senate Democrats. The repeal and replace bill that was also voted down in the Senate included a provision to prevent federal funds from going to Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics.
Pence acknowledged those failures but still insisted that pro-life conservatives had plenty of reasons to celebrate in the Trump Era.
“I see more progress in the last year in the cause of life than I have seen in public policy in all of my years,” he said.
One thing Pence did not mention but should have was the Trump administration’s progress as it pertains to protecting the rights of pro-life healthcare workers. Just last month the Department of Health and Human Services opened up a new office geared towards accepting complaints from nurses and other medical professionals who have been forced to participate in abortion procedures against their religious beliefs. The office took in more than 300 complaints in the first month alone, demonstrating that there is a significant need in this country for the federal government to step in and protect the religious freedom of healthcare workers.
Could this really be the generation that reverses Roe v. Wade and restores some modicum of sanity to our nation’s policy on the unborn? We’ll believe it when we see it, but Pence is right about one thing: That day has never felt as tangible and close as it does now.