While Donald Trump has stolen the spotlight during this election, his running mate, Mike Pence, shouldn’t be overlooked. The Indiana governor is debating Senator Tim Kaine on October 4, and it’s time to take a closer look at his positions on some of the most important issues. Trust us, you’ll want to know.
When we say that Mike Pence is anti-abortion, we mean it. Mike sponsored the 2007 bill in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood because they provide abortions; the bill passed in 2011 after he repeatedly pushed for it. As governor of Indiana, Pence cut $1 million in public funding to women’s health clinics. He’s also the person who launched the witch hunt when falsified videos were released from CMP claiming that Planned Parenthood was selling fetal body parts.
Additionally, he signed a law in 2016 that mandated funerary services for fetuses, whether a woman had an abortion or miscarriage. A woman would need to cremate or bury their fetus, no matter how far along in the pregnancy it took place. That same law also banned abortion for “disability”; if the fetus had significant anomalies, even ones that wouldn’t allow it to survive, the woman would still be forced to carry the pregnancy to term.
In March 2015, Mike signed Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. The insane law allowed individuals and business owners to discriminate against the LGBT community by citing their religious beliefs, aka not serving a gay couple at a restaurant, for example, because they’re against homosexuality.
Mike thinks global warming is a “myth,” stating in 2001 that he didn’t agree with the scientific consensus on climate change, insisting that Earth is “actually cooler than it was 50 years ago.” Because he’d know. During his time in the House of Representatives, he voted consistently against climate legislation and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and continued doing the same when he became governor.
His views on refugees are just as abhorrent as his running mate’s. Mike actually tried to ban all Syrian refugees from the state of Indiana, but a federal court blocked that attempt, on grounds of discrimination based on nationality. Another problem with his proposed ban is that he already accepted the federal funding allotted for refugee resettlement; refusing to use the money to aid Syrians is illegal, plain and simple.
HollywoodLifers, what are your thoughts on Mike Pence’s policies? Tell us in the comments!