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Mike Pence Slams Trump’s Abortion Stance: "A slap in the face" he says

Mike Pence Slams Trump’s Abortion Stance: "A slap in the face" he says
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Washington, D.C. — The abortion debate has reignited with former Vice President Mike Pence delivering a scathing critique of his former boss, Donald Trump.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Pence labeled Trump’s latest abortion statement “a slap in the face to the millions of pro-life Americans who voted for him in 2016 and 2020.”

"Today, too many Republican politicians are all too ready to wash their hands of the battle for life. Republicans win on life when we speak the truth boldly and stand on the principle that we all know to be true - human life begins at conception and should be defended from womb to tomb," Pence wrote in a post on Monday on X, formerly

Trump’s abortion positions have been a roller coaster ride, zigzagging across the spectrum.

From declaring himself “very pro-choice” in 1999 to embracing the pro-life label during his 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference speech, he has left pundits and voters dizzy with his ever-changing views.

His recent announcement that abortion policy should be determined by states rather than imposing a national ban further muddies the waters.


Mike Pence, on the other hand, has consistently championed pro-life values. During his unsuccessful 2024 presidential campaign, he advocated for a “minimum nationwide standard” of a 15-week abortion ban.

His unwavering stance centers on the belief that "human life begins at conception and should be defended from womb to tomb". Pence’s role in reshaping the Supreme Court, which led to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, remains a point of pride for him.

Marc Short, Pence's former chief of staff, also came out with a blistering statement rebuking Trump's stance, pushing for the former president to "acknowledge life begins at conception."

Short argued that Trump had made his announcement because of "a political calculation that tries to avoid confronting the fundamental evil of" abortion and "continues the former president's drift away from the conservative achievements of his own Administration."

Pence’s rebuke of Trump highlights the tension within the Republican Party. While Trump emphasizes states’ rights, Pence insists on federal protections for the unborn. Pro-abortion access groups argue that Trump’s comments are misleading, while anti-abortion rights advocates push for stronger federal bans.