Pence was right: Americans reject Clinton's pro-abortion agenda
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Tuesday's vice presidential debate gave Americans a stark contrast between consensus pro-life policies that welcome and respect the tiniest and most vulnerable Americans and the extreme abortion-on-demand ideology so long peddled by the "politically correct" establishment.

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Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceIn midst of political violence, America greatly needs unity O'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump, Obama head to swing states with Senate majority in balance MORE, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE's running mate, proposed multiple commonsense pro-life policies that have broad support among Americans: promoting a streamlined adoption process, ending taxpayer funding of abortions, and prohibiting the barbaric partial-birth abortion procedure.

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineAmerica’s ball cap industry is in trouble Overnight Defense: Trump says 'rogue killers' could be behind missing journalist | Sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | Saudis may claim Khashoggi killed by accident | Ex-VA chief talks White House 'chaos' | Most F-35s cleared for flight Democrats torch Trump for floating 'rogue killers' to blame for missing journalist MORE of Virginia, hewing to the party line of his running mate, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Bolton tells Russians 2016 meddling had little effect | Facebook eyes major cyber firm | Saudi site gets hacked | Softbank in spotlight over Saudi money | YouTube fights EU 'meme ban' proposal Dems lower expectations for 'blue wave' Election Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout MORE, declined to support even these modest abortion limits.

The most recent Marist Poll from this summer shows that a 53 percent majority of Americans support a strong pro-life policy of limiting abortions only to cases of rape, incest or medical emergencies. An overwhelming 78 percent supermajority support, at a minimum, limiting abortion only to the first three months of pregnancy. Sixty-two of Americans oppose forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for abortions.

In the face of this pro-life mandate from the American people, it is contemptuous of democracy when establishment politicians like Clinton and Kaine retreat into the vague, ambiguous, antinomian mantra of "choice" to describe abortion.

During the debate, Kaine tried in this way to absolve himself from the need to address abortion policy with any specificity, but this tired approach is wearing thin.

"Choice" as a euphemism for abortion has been forever banished from serious public discourse by the words of Planned Parenthood’s own top abortion doctors, caught on camera in the undercover videos I filmed, released last summer by The Center for Medical Progress.

As Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services described it, to "crush below" and "crush above" certain parts on an unborn baby in order to harvest intact the most valuable body parts for sale is not a "choice" in any civilized sense of the term — it’s an atrocity.

Americans now see beyond the abortion industry's facade, into the bloody web of dismemberment procedures, late-term abortions and for-profit sale of the body parts afterward, all funded by millions of taxpayer dollars and protected as the ultimate special — and peculiar — interest by compliant political cronies.

Clinton even announced her opposition to the Hyde Amendment, which largely prevents direct billing of abortions to taxpayers, shortly after receiving Planned Parenthood’s endorsement.

When Americans find out that "pro-choice" as a policy position means all of these things — a true "basket of deplorables" if there ever was one — they reject it.

"This is important," Kaine interjected as Pence described St. Mother Teresa's aspiration that America be a country that learns to welcome all people by first welcoming the unborn child.

What is certainly important, and what Kaine never addressed, is that the Hyde Amendment he and Clinton are working to repeal, forcing taxpayer billing for abortions, is estimated to have saved the lives of over 2 million unborn children from abortion, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.

It is indeed important that, in the year 2016, there are still some politicians who would put a price tag on human life, and who would marginalize and disregard the lives of these millions of Americans as just a "choice."

Mike Pence spoke well last night when he concluded: "A society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable, the aged, the infirm, the disabled, and the unborn."

Respecting and protecting our unborn brothers and sisters is foundational to respecting and protecting anyone else.

Daleiden is founder and project lead of The Center for Medical Progress.


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