October 9, 2020

The Vice-Presidential Debate and Abortion

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In Wednesday night's vice-presidential debate moderated by USA-Today journalist Susan Page, questions important to the topic of abortion came up multiple times, which may come as a surprise to viewers of last week's presidential debate. Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence's answers to those questions may be less surprising.

During the debate, Page noted before one of her questions that Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation as a Supreme Court justice “would cement the Court’s conservative majority” and “would make it likely open to more abortion restrictions.” This could potentially include the overruling of Roe v. Wade. Page asked each of the candidates what they would want their home states to do if the legality of abortion was passed to the states (as would be the case if Roe v. Wade was overruled). Neither candidate answered that question directly, but both candidates did state their positions on abortion.

“There’s the issue of choice, and I will always fight for a woman’s right to make a decision about her own body,” Senator Harris said. “It should be her decision, and not that of Donald Trump and the Vice President Mike Pence.”

Pro-life Americans know that this statement is built on a lie. The decision that a woman makes when she has an abortion does not only involve her body, but also the body of the innocent unborn child inside of her. Politicians who attempt to restrict or end abortion are not trying to control the choices and bodies of women. They are trying to protect unborn human beings who have the right to be born.

In response to the topic of abortion, Vice President Pence said, “I couldn’t be more proud to serve as vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life. I am pro-life, I don’t apologize for it.”

Pence continued by asking Senator Harris whether a Biden administration would "pack the court" if Judge Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court. If the Biden administration added additional justices past the traditional nine that the court has had for over 150 years, it could overrule the conservative majority put in place by President Trump. Senator Harris's response never answered the Vice President's question. President Trump also asked this question to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden last week, but Biden directly refused to answer.

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