On Tuesday, Mike Pence — the original anti-Planned Parenthood crusader — heads to Capitol Hill, to rally Republican support for the toxic Trump-Pence ticket. Pence’s return to Congress is a critical reminder of how long and how hard he’s been fighting to prevent patients from receiving essential health care at Planned Parenthood, starting with the first “defund” bill he introduced way back in 2007.
Mike Pence in his own words:
“The time has come to deny all federal funding to Planned Parenthood of America. I’ve authored the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which would deny Title X funds to Planned Parenthood.” [Mike Pence, 2011]
“I’ve been fighting for five years to deny federal funding to the largest abortion provider in America.” [Mike Pence, 2011]
“We will not rest until the largest abortion provider in America is no longer the largest recipient of federal funding under Title X.” [Mike Pence, 2011]
“Maybe this very night, we may in fact pass a bill in the House that would deny all federal funding to Planned Parenthood of America.” [Mike Pence, 2011]
In 2011, he even said he was willing to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding:
WILLIE GEIST (CO-HOST): Are you willing to hold up this entire budget over defunding Planned Parenthood?
PENCE: Well — well of course I am.
Pence’s visit with congressional Republicans is also a reminder that women’s health is on ballot this November, because if Trump and Pence are elected, they’ll be working to make Pence’s “defunding” dreams a dangerous reality for women across the country.