What has happened in America in the last couple of weeks is just awful. Vice President Mike Pence, an avid pro-lifer and Christian, called it "morally reprehensible and evil."
If you don't know what he is referring to, Pence is talking about two states, New York and Virginia, who recently made horrendous advances in killing innocent babies. Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (a professing Catholic) celebrated signing a full-term abortion law by lighting up his state in pink at various landmarks.
Then, a week later, "moderate" Virginia Governor Ralph Northam proudly defended a bill pending in his state where a baby could be killed while in the birth canal during delivery. He even said the bill would allow letting an infant die after being delivered, under the watchful eye of his or her parents.
It's sick, and as Vice President Pence boldly calls it, it's "infanticide." Here, in a powerful op-ed, Pence stands for the unborn amidst what he describes as a "shameless embrace of a culture of death."
"This shameless embrace of a culture of death is startling to every American who cherishes life," wrote Pence of New York and Virginia. "Not too long ago, the Democratic party’s stated position was that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” It was this widespread rejection of late-term abortion that led a large bipartisan majority in Congress to pass the partial-birth-abortion ban in 2003. But now look at how far the Democratic party has fallen."
Pence compared the Democrats to North Koreans: "To support, let alone cheer, late-term abortions not only marks a disturbing step backward by so-called “progressives” — it also violates every demand of human decency. As modern science has moved the point of viability ever earlier in pregnancy, most Americans have agreed that a child who can survive outside the womb deserves a chance at life. Only a handful of countries, including China and North Korea, allow late-term abortions."
Pence urged Americans not to let this atrocious assault on babies go without protest: "These Virginia and New York late-term abortion bills should be a call to action for all Americans. A society can be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable, and it would be unconscionable for us to let this moment pass in silence. We must recommit ourselves, today and every day, to restoring the sanctity of life to the center of American law."
The Vice President shared his pride in serving under President Trump, who has championed the unborn in his presidency. "For my part, I couldn’t be more proud to serve as vice president to the most pro-life president in American history. From his first week in office, President Trump has been a tireless champion of life. He reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, ensuring that our foreign-aid dollars don’t go to groups that promote or perform abortions abroad. He withdrew the United States from the United Nations Population Fund to prevent our tax dollars from supporting forced sterilization and abortion overseas. And he signed a law to empower states to withhold federal funding from abortion providers — and defund Planned Parenthood."
Pence also offered hope to those who are in despair from the recent abortion news: "And thanks to the efforts of millions of compassionate and caring Americans across the country, we are changing minds and turning hearts to embrace life as never before. Fewer abortions are being performed than ever recorded — a decrease of more than 50 percent since the 1980s. This is a true cause for celebration."
"So even in this dark moment in our nation’s history, Americans should take heart. The New York and Virginia bills aren’t some bold departure into a brave new world. They are the last gasp of a dying movement that stands in stark and irreconcilable contrast with our nation’s timeless founding principles," Pence encouraged.
What do you think of Pence's open rebuke of Governors Cuomo and Northam? Do you agree with him? Does his message also bring you hope in the midst of this dark hour? Please share your thoughts and prayers in the comments! Thank you!