Over the last couple of weeks, Donald Trump’s campaign has been imploding as more of his crude and inappropriate comments about women have come to light. Most of us now recognize what a creep Donald is, but what you may not know is that his VP pick, Mike Pence, may be even worse when it comes to his views on women. In fact, he’s been deemed the “anti-women’s health crusader.”
Find out why Mike Pence may be even worse for women and minorities than Trump:
1. His anti-Planned Parenthood mission
For years, Mike Pence has wanted to put a halt to anyone having access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers. In Congress, he started the whole “defund Planned Parenthood” crusade and introduced the first federal measure to block patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood. He then brought in five more measures and stood behind them, saying he would shut down government until he got his way.
These measures helped kickstart a wave of state actions aimed at removing government support from the women’s health provider. Indiana was successful in its efforts, but a federal judge blocked the law from going into effect.
When Pence became governor of Indiana in 2013, the state continued to slash resources for the women’s health provider. By 2014, state funding for Planned Parenthood had been cut nearly in half from 2005 levels.
The organization was forced to close five of its smaller clinics, none of which had ever provided abortions — but they did provide STD testing. Soon, Scott County, Indiana, which was home to one of the closed clinics, became the hub of an enormous HIV outbreak.