Former Vice President Mike Pence took the opportunity of his commencement address to the graduating class at Patrick Henry College in Virginia on Saturday to discuss the implications of the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion story from last week.
The leaked opinion came from Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case in which the State of Mississippi and other interested parties have asked the court to overturn the court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade.
Pence enthusiastically said that “America is making a comeback,” and declared that a majority of the members of the court may soon send Roe to “the ash heap of history where it belongs.” He told the graduates to “be confident.”
In a speech that previews many of the most important issues to voters leading up to this year’s midterm elections, Pence also discussed inflation, crime, the immigration crisis, and “cancel” and “woke” culture.
Pence said that those calling most loudly for “tolerance” in fact have little tolerance for traditional Christan values. However, he stressed that “we will win because we already are.” He added that all across the nation, American patriots and people of faith “aren’t just pushing back, they’re taking America back.” As examples, he cited Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s victory in Virginia, the voter recall of San Francisco’s school board, and Edward Durr’s victory over the New Jersey state Senate Democratic leader.
Pence turned to the conservative majority on the Supreme Court, declaring it might be the “most important comeback of all.”
The leaked draft was written by Justice Samuel Alito and declares that the Constitution does not prohibit each state from making its own independent decisions on either regulating or prohibiting abortions. He added that the Roe case “arrogated that authority” and must be overruled so that the authority to make those decisions is returned to the people and their elected representatives.
The actual and final ruling in Dobbs is expected to be released sometime in the next two months.
Pence has also served as a U.S. Representative and Governor of Indiana, and has been a lifelong pro-life advocate and oppponent of the Roe decision. During the vice presidential debate with Kamala Harris in 2020, he said he was very proud to serve with a president who supports policies protecting the “sanctity of human life.” Pence declared, “I’m pro-life. I don’t apologize for it.”