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EXCLUSIVE: Former Vice President Mike Pence has strongly condemned planned disruptions by abortion activists outside Catholic churches over Mother’s Day weekend, days after a draft notice from the court quashing landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade was disclosed by the Supreme Court.
Pence spoke with Fox News Digital on Saturday before delivering a commencement address at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va., during which he called the planned church protests “unacceptable.”
“Well, every American has the right to peaceful protest, peaceful assemblies guaranteed by the Constitution. But the rumors that there will be a hiatus in church services on Mother’s Day are totally unacceptable,” Pence told Fox News Digital.
“And I also think it’s absolutely imperative, and I’m sure we do, that we ensure the safety and security of all members of the Supreme Court of the United States. But I’m confident that this Supreme Court won’t be intimidated.”
Pence called the Supreme Court leak a “despicable act” and stressed that those responsible must be held to account.
“I have long believed that Roe v. Wade was not only morally wrong, but also deeply wrong legally,” Pence told Fox News Digital, pointing to statements by the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg admitting that he it was a difficult case to defend on legal grounds. .
“I hope and pray that the majority of the court returns the issue of abortion to the states and the American people where it belongs. Now, this will not end the abortion debate. It will simply open a new battleground in the cause of life,” Pence explained.
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“I think we need to face this moment with determination and compassion,” he continued, saying it involves allowing those who have been “caught up” in the culture of abortion over the past 50 years to know that it is an opportunity for redemption, grace and ultimate healing for the country.
However, pro-abortion activists organized by the group “Ruth Sent Us” have released the home addresses of the six conservative judges and plan to gather at their private residences to protest Roe’s likely overthrow.
The White House this week did not tell abortion activists to avoid the homes of Supreme Court justices, with White House press secretary Jen Psaki saying instead that Biden believes in ” peaceful protests,” but the administration had no “official U.S. government position on where people are protesting.” .”
Pence applauded Chief Justice John Robert’s remarks this week that the opinion disclosed in the case is “appalling” but would not affect the court’s final opinion.
“A leak of this magnitude is absolutely appalling,” Roberts said Thursday in Atlanta at an annual meeting of attorneys and federal 11th Circuit judges. “If the person behind this thinks it will affect our work, that’s just stupid.”
“I was encouraged by Chief Justice John Robert’s statement that the leak, which was clearly designed to influence the outcome of the Dobbs case, would not affect the work of the court. “said the former vice president. Fox News digital.
Robert confirmed On Tuesday, Judge Samuel Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was authentic – although the draft dates back to February and does not represent the current or definitive opinion of the court.
Pence continued to project his confidence in Roe’s eventual overthrow, saying in the interview that he was confident that all three Trump-Pence-appointed Supreme Court justices would support the majority decision, as outlined in the draft. of memory.
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“Whoever that person is, if their intention was to change the outcome of this case, they will fail. Because I believe the conservative majority on the court, three of whom were appointees in the Trump-Pence administration, will do their best. But I also believe that regardless of the outcome of this case, we will never rest, we will never relent until the United States Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade and give our country a fresh start for life.
Pence once again said during the opening speech that the judges should send Roe “to the ashes heap of history where he belongs,” to cheers from Christian school graduates and their families.
The Supreme Court is expected to issue its final decision in the case within the next two months.
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