What former Vice President Mike Pence said after US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

David Jackson
Indianapolis Star

Immediately following the Supreme Court's ruling on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, current and former lawmakers reacted to the end of Americans' Constitutional right to an abortion, including a former Indiana governor. 

Former Vice President Mike Pence, who is contemplating his own presidential run in 2024, issued a statement within minutes of the ruling and called for ending abortions in all 50 states.

Praising the Supreme Court for returning the issue to the states, Pence said: "Having been given this second chance for life, we must not rest and must not relent until the sanctity of life is restored to the center of American law in every state in the land."

He did not offer specific proposals.

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Pence rose to political prominence as a social conservative who emphasized an anti-abortion stance. He won elections to the U.S. House, the governor's mansion in Indiana and the vice presidency.

In his statement, Pence said: "It is incumbent on all who cherish the sanctity of life to resolve that we will take the defense of the unborn and the support for women in crisis pregnancy centers to every state in America."