This morning, a federal appeals court handed down a stunning rebuke to Vice-President Mike Pence and his religious extremist agenda when they ruled that the “selective abortion” ban he championed and signed while he was Governor of Indiana was unconstitutional.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago decided that the law, which banned abortions based on the gender, race or disability of the fetus, placed an undue burden on the mothers and their ability to exercise their right to choose.
“The Supreme Court has been clear: the State may inform a woman’s decision before viability, but it cannot prohibit it” declared the court.
Pence and other anti-abortion groups argue that the law is necessary to prevent women from aborting children diagnosed with Down syndrome, but considering that under Governor Pence’s administration Indiana spent some of the least money on public health funding than any other state in the Union and voted against the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) while he was in Congress, it’s clear that Pence’s biggest priority is not the well-being of children but rather the imposition of his misogynist agenda.
From the White House, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have been imposing their anti-choice agenda on both the women of America and the world at large with their draconian cuts to reproductive health programs – but time and time again, the courts have stepped in to keep their worst offenses from becoming a reality.
Access to abortion and reproductive healthcare is a human right that all women deserve to have, and we must fight tooth and nail to ensure that it is protected throughout our nation.
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