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Video Highlights Mike Pence’s Obsession With Restricting Access to Reproductive Health Care

Washington, DC –– Tonight, Mike Pence and Tim Kaine will hold their one and only vice-presidential debate. Donald Trump has made his opposition to Planned Parenthood perfectly clear, repeatedly saying he wants to “defund” it — more than 10 times —  and even saying he’d support shutting down the government to do it. So where does his VP pick stand when it comes to Planned Parenthood? He’s even worse. In fact, Mike Pence is the original “defunder” — sponsoring the first piece of legislation to try to “defund” Planned Parenthood back in 2007. That’s why Planned Parenthood Votes has a new video to introduce voters to the real Mike Pence.


Quote from Dawn Laguens, head of Planned Parenthood Votes:


“When Donald Trump chose Mike Pence as his running mate, he sent a clear message about just how much he’s prioritizing his opposition to women’s health care. Mike Pence has been obsessed with ending access to Planned Parenthood for nearly a decade — and he’s promised that’s exactly what a Trump-Pence administration would do. Voters need to know about Pence’s long record of outrageous, unacceptable hostility to women’s health care so we can defeat the Trump-Pence agenda this November.”


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Mike Pence’s decade of attacks on Planned Parenthood:

  • Mike Pence told the crowd at this year’s Values Voter Summit: “The days of public funding for Planned Parenthood are over when the Trump-Pence administration arrives in Washington D.C.” [Video]

  • Politico called Pence’s determination to deny patients care at Planned Parenthood health centers a “one-man crusade” and wrote that “nobody hates Planned Parenthood quite as much as Mike Pence.” [Politico, 2/16/11]

  • Mike Pence was the first to introduce legislation aimed at “defunding” Planned Parenthood – back in 2007. [Vox, 7/26/16]

  • Pence was willing to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding: In 2011, Pence said on Morning Joe that “of course” he was willing to “hold up this entire budget over defunding Planned Parenthood.” [Crooks and Liars, 4/5/11]

  • Pence said efforts to block patients from care at  Planned Parenthood were the most “fiscally responsible” way to address issues facing the economy, ignoring the fact that his “defunding” legislation stops low-income patients from being able to seek care at Planned Parenthood health centers, leaving many with no other safety-net health care provider to turn to.  [Politico, 10/4/10]

  • In Congress, Pence introduced six separate measures aimed at blocking patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers: He introduced three bills and three amendments in an effort to prevent millions of patients from accessing lifesaving care at Planned Parenthood health centers. [H.R. 217, 1/07/11; H.Amdt.95 to H.R. 1, 2/17/11; H.R. 614, 1/21/09; H.Amdt.389 to H.R. 3293, 7/24/09; H.R. 4133, 11/09/07; H.Amdt.594 to H.R. 3043, 7/19/07]


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