Vice President-elect Mike Pence recently rented a home in DC’s Chevy Chase neighborhood. Soon after he moved in, residents of the area began hanging rainbow flags in his neighborhood in solidarity with the LGBGTQ community. (Pence has a notable history of supporting legislation that results in LGBTQ discrimination.) Now the neighborhood has embraced another symbol of quiet resistance by putting up “This neighborhood trusts women” signs, supplied by reproductive rights organization, NARAL Pro-Choice America.
In the presidential debate Wednesday night, Donald J. Trump expounded on pregnancy and abortion, asserting that under current abortion law, “You can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month, on the final day.” Doctors say the scenario Mr. Trump described does not occur.
Adrienne LaFrance, The Atlantic – October 20, 2016
Even in a presidential campaign that has become so intensely focused on gender, there was something surreal about watching Hillary Clinton’s response to a question about abortion in Wednesday night’s debate. Here was the first woman nominated by a major party for the United States presidency, standing on the debate stage in “suffragette white,” and talking in no uncertain terms about her strong commitment to protecting a woman’s right to “make the most intimate, most difficult in many cases, decisions about her health care that one can imagine.”
Last night, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton didn’t so much play the gender card as simply show up on the debate stage a woman. What a difference it highlighted between her and her opponent. And how incredible it was to hear a female candidate talk about women’s issues not as abstractions, but as deeply personal, as fundamentally normal, and just as universal as men’s experiences.
Finally, for the first time in their presidential debates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off on abortion on Wednesday night. As one would expect from a candidate who’s not quite sure what he thinks about the procedure, Trump stumbled over his response. He claimed he’d nominate pro-life justices to the Supreme Court but refused to say whether he’d wish to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Tom LoBianco and Eric Bradner, CNN – October 8, 2016
Mike Pence has emerged as a popular alternative for top Republicans looking to replace Donald Trump as the party’s presidential nominee, but the Indiana governor’s own record with women could make it a short-lived courtship that doesn’t change the result in November.
In a debate filled with yelling and interruptions, it was the moment when Tim Kaine and Mike Pence finally got quiet: They were talking about their struggles with faith. Kaine spoke about having to preside over executions while he was governor of Virginia, even though he’s morally opposed to the death penalty. Pence, however, turned the question around and brought up an issue no moderator has dared to ask about: abortion.
Rebecca Berg, Real Clear Politics – September 16, 2017
With less than two months until Election Day, Donald Trump is ramping up his outreach to a reliable Republican constituency: anti-abortion advocates. Trump plans to name a Pro-Life Coalition on Friday, RealClearPolitics has learned, with Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser as its national chairwoman. The GOP nominee will also adopt a new pledge to protect the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits Medicaid funding for most abortions — a law Democrat Hillary Clinton opposes.
Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, New York Times – September 9, 2016
Donald J. Trump pleaded Friday with Christian conservatives to rally to his candidacy, but in a high-profile speech to evangelicals made no mention of issues of central importance to them, like abortion, same-sex marriage and Israel.
Hillary Clinton assailed Donald J. Trump on Friday as untrustworthy on women’s issues, sharpening her tone against him in her first major speech since becoming the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Finally free to focus on the general election, Mrs. Clinton signaled that she planned to hit her likely Republican opponent in an area of perceived weakness while working to mend fissures within her own party by focusing on issues dear to progressives, such as protecting abortion rights and funding for Planned Parenthood.