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Pence hopeful that conservative majority on SCOTUS will soon overturn abortion rights in US

Pence says he is hopeful that conservative majority on SCOTUS will soon overturn abortion rights in US

  • Pence was speaking in Hungary at the Budapest Democratic Summit, where he praised the nation’s right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban
  • Pence said abortions have fallen in Hungary under his leadership
  • He said he hopes the Supreme Court soon ‘will take action to restore the sanctity of life at the center of American law’
  • Trump confirmed Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett to cement a 6-3 conservative majority on the high court
  • The Supreme Court will take up a direct challenge to Roe v Wade in a Mississippi abortion case in December  


Former Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday he is hopeful that the Supreme Court’s conservative majority – secured under the Trump administration – will soon move to restrict abortion and restore the ‘sanctity of life.’ 

Pence was speaking in Hungary at the Budapest Democratic Summit, where he praised the nation’s right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Pence said abortions have fallen under his leadership. 

Under current laws, abortions are allowed up to 12 weeks gestation in Hungary.  

‘We may well have a fresh start in the cause of life in America,’ Pence said, according to the Associated Press. ‘It is our hope and our prayer that in the coming days, a new conservative majority on the Supreme Court of the United States will take action to restore the sanctity of life at the center of American law.’

He recalled how his and former President Trump’s administration had confirmed three new justices – Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett – to cement a 6-3 conservative majority on the high court, and touted the 300 conservative judges Trump was able to seat on federal courts. 

‘We see a crisis that brings us here today, a crisis that strikes at the very heart of civilization itself. The erosion of the nuclear family marked by declining marriage rates, rising divorce, widespread abortion and plummeting birth rates,’ Pence said

The biennial forum that hosted the former vice president draws conservative leaders from across the world to family values and ways to reverse the trend of declining birth rates. 

‘We see a crisis that brings us here today, a crisis that strikes at the very heart of civilization itself. The erosion of the nuclear family marked by declining marriage rates, rising divorce, widespread abortion and plummeting birth rates,’ Pence said. 

Pence’s remarks come after the Supreme Court denied a request from the Department of Justice to block enforcement of a Texas law that bans abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, or after roughly 6 weeks, but did not rule on the constitutionality of the law itself. 

The court will also hear a Mississippi case in December over a 15-week abortion ban. The state in that case are directly challenging the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case by asking the state to uphold its ban.

Mississipi’s  15-week abortion ban has never taken effect, as lower courts have ruled it violates Roe, which says states can regulate abortion but cannot ban it before the fetus reaches viability and is able to survive outside the womb, usually 22-24 weeks into a pregnancy. 

The Supreme Court will decide the question: ‘Whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.’

Meanwhile, Florida is eyeing up its own abortion restrictions. A Republican lawmaker in Florida filed a bill similar to the Texas heartbeat legislation this week. 

Pence’s remarks come as he is reportedly trying to build up an $18 million war chest ahead of a potential 2024 run. The former vice president has  spent the months since he left office launching a nonprofit group, Advancing American Freedom, made up of former Trump officials and Pence allies. 

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