Former Vice President Mike Pence stated that he intends to address former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for their failure to advocate for a national abortion ban during the upcoming Republican presidential debate. Pence believes that this issue requires federal action and will emphasize the need to protect the right to life on a national level. He expressed his concerns during a visit to the Iowa State Fair on Friday, asserting that Trump and DeSantis have suggested that the question of abortion should be left to individual states, following the Supreme Court’s 2022 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Pence emphasized the significance of this issue and affirmed his commitment to addressing it if he were to become president, stating that the abortion debate will be a prominent topic on the debate stage in Milwaukee on August 23. He, along with Republican presidential candidate Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, advocates for federal legislation banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Trump’s position that the legality of abortion should be determined by states rather than the federal government has faced criticism from prominent anti-abortion organizations such as the Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America group. It is worth noting that Trump’s three Supreme Court nominees voted in favor of overturning the 49-year-old decision that established a federal right to abortion.
Governor DeSantis has signed legislation in Florida this year that prohibits abortion after six weeks, but he has not actively pursued a national ban. This stance has also drawn criticism from groups that oppose abortion rights.
It remains uncertain whether Trump will attend the upcoming debate in Milwaukee.
In conclusion, former Vice President Mike Pence plans to confront former President Donald Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis during the Republican presidential debate about their lack of support for a national abortion ban. Pence believes that this issue necessitates federal action and will prioritize protecting the right to life on a national level. The debate in Milwaukee will provide a platform to discuss and address this significant topic.