Pence’s Extreme Anti-Abortion Agenda: A Nationwide Ban and Threatening Doctors With Jail Time

Mike Pence has always been an unapologetic anti-abortion extremist — and he has only doubled down on his plans to rip away women’s freedom to make their own health care decisions as he throws his hat in the ring for the messy GOP primary. 

Pence has promised to sign a national abortion ban that bans abortion before many women even know they’re pregnant. 

Wolf Blitzer: “Would you support a six-week ban nationwide?”

Pence: “Well, of course. Look — I’m pro-life. I don’t apologize for it. I believe that we’ve got to do everything in our power to restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law. And I’d support federal legislation in that regard if I was in the Congress or had any other job here in town.”

Pence: “I’d certainly support a heartbeat bill, a six-week bill.”

Pence: “If I was in [Congress] or in a job at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue and they put policy in front of me to limit abortions in the country, I’d certainly support it.”

But Pence won’t just stop there — he’s added banning abortion pills to his extreme, anti-choice platform. 

Jezebel: “Former Vice President and rumored 2024 presidential contender Mike Pence said ‘we need to’ ban abortion pills in audio obtained by Jezebel. The comments came during a book signing event on Monday in Houston, Texas.”

Pence’s political group even called on Congress to pass an extreme abortion ban bill that would threaten doctors with jail time for providing care and legislation that could open the door to ban Plan B and some forms of birth control across the country.

Advancing American Freedom Agenda: “We are calling on the 118th Congress to reintroduce these important measures and send them to the President’s desk to be enacted.”

TIME: “Fetal personhood laws could also impact contraception access, given that some members of the anti-abortion movement argue that IUDs and the emergency contraception Plan B can prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg and violate personhood, explains Mary Ziegler, an abortion law historian.”

WESA: “Kelly’s ‘Heartbeat Protection Act’ would essentially ban abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy — a time by which a pregnancy may not even have been detected. … the bill provides no exception for pregnancies arising from rape or incest.”