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Health Care Opponents Speak At March For Life (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Vice President Mike Pence and Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah spoke at the anti-abortion March for Life event in Washington D.C. on Jan. 27 (video below).

Pence told the crowd that "life is winning again in America" because of thousands of anti-abortion protesters, an anti-abortion Congress and President Donald Trump, notes Right Wing Watch:

But it is no more evident in any way than in the historic election of a president who stands for a stronger America, a more prosperous America, and a president, who I proudly say, stands for the right to life, President Donald Trump.

Pence also praised crisis pregnancy centers, reports The Christian Post: "Life is winning through the compassion of caregivers and volunteers at crisis pregnancy centers and faith-based organizations who minister to women in the cities and towns across this country."

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Crisis pregnancy centers do not provide abortion, and in some cases have provided false and misleading medical information about abortion, refused to provide contraception, advocated abstinence and promoted Christian beliefs on patients, reported Right Wing Watch.

Pence has been a vocal opponent of Obamacare -- which has extended health coverage to an estimated 20 million Americans -- noted Governing.com in July 2016.

When he was the governor of Indiana, Pence supported the Healthy Indiana Plan, which forced poor people who received Medicaid to make monthly payments into a health savings account. If the impoverished people did not do so, they could lose their health coverage for six months.

In February 2015, Pence oversaw efforts to combat an HIV outbreak in Scott County, Indiana. The outbreak was blamed on needle sharing, which is illegal in the state. Pence initially refused to budge on the state law until the outbreak worsened, and health experts called for legalizing syringe exchanges.

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Pence also cut the state's public health budget, giving Indiana one of the lowest rankings for spending on health care. Indiana spends only $12.40 per person, while West Virginia budgets more than $220 per person, per the Trust for America’s Health.

Love told the pro-life March for Life crowd how her mother made the choice to forego an abortion, notes The Christian Post:

Forty one years ago, that couple from Haiti could have made the choice to abort, but they didn't. They chose life. They didn't choose what might have been, they chose what is to come.

They went, and followed and fostered that life and the future and the dreams that baby would bring. I'm certain this couple would never have thought that that child would become the first black female Republican ever elected to Congress.

Love voted for the first steps to repeal Obamacare on Jan. 13. In a press release, Love said Obamacare "has failed" because of rising premium prices and less choices. However, those prices are not set by Obamacare, but by the health insurance companies and state regulators.

On her website, Love points to marketplace competition as a solution, which she states the U.S. had for decades before Obamacare and record levels of uninsured Americans:

I am a firm believer that when there is more competition in the marketplace, and consequently more choice, individuals can find coverage that better aligns with their needs and their budget.

What we need is more accountability, less government obstruction and red tape, and more freedom and health care options placed back into the hands of the American people.

Sources: Right Wing Watch (2), Governing.com, The Christian Post, Mia Love (2) / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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