Let’s take a look back at his scary-as-hell-for-women record.
Indiana governor and vice presidential nominee Mike Pence calmly and disarmingly gaslit his way through 90 minutes of debating on Tuesday night. The debate centered predominantly on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton ― after all, they are the ones who are running for president. But a VP, as Americans were reminded last night, is just a “heartbeat away from the presidency.”
“A society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable,” said Pence. But his record indicates that this sentiment doesn’t apply if those vulnerable people happen to be women ― especially women in need of health care or women who are not straight or women who experience pay discrimination.
As HuffPost’s Laura Bassett has previously reported, Pence has been at the forefront of the GOP’s fight to restrict women’s reproductive rights and sexual health care for years, both as a Congressman and as Indiana’s governor. And there is absolutely no reason to believe that his anti-woman views have changed.
Pence has led the crusade to defund Planned Parenthood ― both federally and in Indiana. He authored the first Congressional bill to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization which provides comprehensive, affordable health care to women across the country. And as governor of Indiana, he cut funding for Planned Parenthood, which caused Scott County’s one HIV testing center (a Planned Parenthood) to shut down. An HIV outbreak followed.
Mike Pence’s war on women led to an HIV outbreak in Indiana that required federal intervention. #VPDebate
— Jill Biden (@JillBidenVeep) October 5, 2016