Skip to main content

The Truth About Congressman Pence

Congressman Mike Pence is no friend to Hoosier women.  During his 12 years in the U.S. House, Pence has earned his reputation as a far-right extremist. He is intent on limiting lifesaving, preventive health care for women and restricting health care choices for victims of rape and incest.  He also wants to limit economic and educational opportunities for women, and his voting record shows what his agenda will be if he is elected Governor.

Cong. Pence co-authored HR 374, the "personhood" initiative, which would make some forms of contraceptives illegal and prohibit abortions in all circumstances, including rape and incest.  The proposal provides no exceptions to a prohibition against termination of pregnancy and would likely lead to the outlawing of birth control pills and IUDs.

Cong. Pence co-sponsored legislation that would have redefined rape to cover only "forcible" rape, eliminating some incidences of incest and rape from the list of crimes against women.  He joined Missouri’s Cong. Todd Akin in attempting to limit access to health services for rape and incest victims on Medicaid.

Cong. Pence voted against:

  • Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which addresses equal pay for equal work;
  • Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act;
  • Parental Leave for public employees;
  • Minimum Wage at $7.25/hour, which affects women disproportionately as they make up 62% of minimum-wage earners in our country;
  • Pell Grants for low income college students; Education and Head Start funding for our children;
  • Reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides affordable health care to children;
  • Social Security and Medicare, the safety nets for millions of older women.
Cong. Pence led the charge to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood for vital preventive health care services such as cancer screenings, STD testing, and family planning.  He threatened to "shut down" the Federal Government if he did not get his way.

Cong. Pence has voted to repeal requirements for insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions and for coverage for children up to age 26.  He compared the Supreme Court decision which upheld ACA preventive health services for women to the atrocities of Sept 11th.


Popular posts from this blog

Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR)

Trump To Cut Social Security

Trump’s Promise Not to Cut Social Security has been Broken by Robert Roach, Jr. President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget is a non-starter. He has betrayed America’s seniors. In fact, $2 trillion in deficit reduction turns out to be just a math error. The budget cuts $72 billion over ten years from disability programs, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Trump promised repeatedly to protect – not cut – Social Security. Yet his first budget does just that, harming millions of disabled Americans.  The Trump budget also slashes $1.4 trillion from Medicaid over 10 years. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), total Medicaid spending was $368 billion in 2016. Almost two-thirds of that was for seniors and people with disabilities, who rely on Medicaid for health care and long-term care. This cut is drastic and dangerous by any measurement. This budget also decimates the Community Development Block Grant, which pro…

The Ship of Fear

My Destroyer, the U.S.S. Walker, was tied up in Pearl Harbor.

The Newspaper headlines for several days along with lengthy articles told of a merchant ship, "the Pomona" that was tied up in Honolulu waiting for crew to take it to the far east. The Captain had been murdered while at sea and the crew was afraid that the murderer was still aboard. The ship finally got underway again and my memory is that it had rudder problems and had to return to port. Then, after getting underway again it had a fire on board and had to return again.

While on liberty one day in Honolulu, I stopped in at a saloon on my way back to my ship. There, I met a merchant sailor who happened to be a sailor aboard the Pomona. He offered to take me back to the ship and let me come aboard her. We did and headed for the bow of the ship where there was a lot of noise. There sitting on the deck were a number of sailors, mostly drunken, talking about their predicament.

This occurred sometime between 1961 and…