Mike Pence Criticizes Trump's Stance on Abortion, Accuses Him of Betraying GOP

Former VP Pence criticizes Trump's stance on abortion, arguing he betrayed GOP by opposing a 15-week national ban. Highlights divisions within the party over managing the politically charged issue post-Roe v. Wade.

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Mike Pence Criticizes Trump's Stance on Abortion, Accuses Him of Betraying GOP

Mike Pence Criticizes Trump's Stance on Abortion, Accuses Him of Betraying GOP

Former Vice President Mike Pence has sharply criticized former President Donald Trump's stance on abortion, arguing that Trump betrayed the Republican Party by opposing a national 15-week abortion ban if elected in 2024. Pence, who served as vice president during what he called the "most pro-life administration in American history," said he was proud that the Supreme Court justices they confirmed voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.

However, Pence believes the time has come to implement a minimum national standard restricting abortion after 15 weeks, as the majority of Americans favor some form of restriction on abortions. He argues that prohibiting abortions after 15 weeks is reasonable, as many European countries have similar or more restrictive gestational limits on elective abortion.

Pence said he was "deeply disappointed" when Trump stated that he considered abortion to be a state-only issue and would not sign a bill prohibiting late-term abortions. The former vice president argued that Trump's position on the issue is a "blow to the face to the millions of pro-life Americans who voted for him in 2016 and 2020. Pence accused Trump of "retreating" from the pro-life cause, which Pence considers his proudest accomplishment while serving as Trump's VP.

Why this matters: The dispute between Pence and Trump highlights the divisions within the Republican Party over how to manage the politically charged issue of abortion after the overturning of Roe v. Wade. It also underscores the potential challenges Trump may face in securing the support of social conservatives in his 2024 presidential bid.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a staunch Trump ally, also disagreed with the former president over the issue, defending his bill to outlaw abortion across the U.S. after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Graham argued that the Republican Party should continue to oppose late-term abortion, which is unpopular among most Americans.

Pence urged Republicans not to worry about the electoral consequences of adopting a 15-week "minimum national standard" on abortion, arguing that history has proved that when Republicans unapologetically stand for life, voters reward them with victories. He pointed to examples of Republican governors who were reelected after signing bills limiting abortion and warned that when Republican leaders are not firmly committed to the pro-life cause, others will waver as well.

Key Takeaways

  • Pence criticizes Trump's opposition to a 15-week national abortion ban
  • Pence argues a 15-week limit is reasonable, aligning with European standards
  • Pence accuses Trump of betraying pro-life voters by retreating from the cause
  • Dispute highlights GOP divisions on abortion post-Roe v. Wade overturn
  • Pence urges GOP to unapologetically support 15-week limit, citing electoral wins