Mike Pence Promises To Repeal Roe v. Wade If Elected And He’s Not Joking
Just how fucked are women if Donald Trump and Mike Pence are elected in November? Let me count the ways. Actually, no. There are too many fucking ways Trump and Pence would mess with women’s rights. Just. So. Many. The biggest one is that Pence has vowed to repeal Roe v. Wade if he makes it into the Oval Office. No one should count on the president to stop him, either, because Trump doesn’t seem to give two shits about what women can and cannot do with their uteruses, since he’ll be busy single-handedly taking on ISIS with light sabers (I’m just assuming this strategy since he has not given one yet).
At a campaign stop in Michigan this weekend, Pence said, “I’m pro-life and I don’t apologize for it. We’ll see Roe vs. Wade consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs.” I have an idea about what ash heap I would toss Pence in when forced to look at his smug little face, but let’s just focus on breathing for now.
Whew. OK. Pence said that he and Trump would make sure the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the late Justice Antonin Scalia would be filled with someone conservative and, specifically, pro-life.
Basically, they’ll appoint someone who believes in the all-knowing power of God and guns and making women have babies they can’t afford, can’t have for medical reasons, or don’t want because they were raped. All of the reasons women want abortions. Actually, wait a fucking minute — it doesn’t matter why women would want or need to terminate pregnancies. They should be allowed to do what they want with what’s inside them.
Trump scares me because he is unhinged and insane and sometimes talks about his daughter like he wants to bang her (and she doesn’t seem concerned about women’s rights, either). Pence, however, scares me because he has a real record of getting in the way of women’s reproductive rights in Indiana. He signed a law forcing women to bury or cremate their fetuses after an abortion or a miscarriage that actually led to a group of women calling into the governor’s office to report their periods, because you know, there could have been a miscarriage happening. He’s banned private insurance from funding abortion unless a woman was raped or the mother’s health was at risk, but didn’t include any exemptions for problems with the fetus.
Once, he signed a bill supporting the Hyde Amendment with a provision that a woman could use federal funds to have an abortion if her rape was “forcible.” It didn’t pass, but this is a man who doesn’t understand that “forcible rape” is re-fucking-dundant.
This kind of shit makes me want to rip my face off. Listen, women’s reproductive rights are already pretty half-assed. Planned Parenthood is one Pence away from not being funded at all. Pence actually drafted the first ever bill as a representative — the first one ever, like it was his bright idea — to defund the health centers. Screw Trump’s lack of knowledge about foreign policy or his monkey-brained ideas (sorry, monkeys, I know you guys are smarter than that, it’s just a turn of phrase) about creating “jobs” and all that other BS — women (and men who respect women) should be scared of Pence.
I know we don’t totally love Hillary Clinton yet, and many are still eating their feelings about Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders not getting the nomination, but sitting this one out if you call yourself a feminist, have a penis and can impregnate women, or are anyone who claims to give a fuck about poor people and access to healthcare, is dangerous.
It’d be like hopping in a time machine and going back to the dark ages, because Pence isn’t pandering to the religious right when he talks about repealing Roe v. Wade. He has made his entire career about criminalizing abortion. He is fucking serious about this.