Mike Pence, the man who, when he was governor of Indiana, signed a bill requiring women who get abortions to bury or cremate their fetal remains — will receive a “Working for Women” award next Wednesday.
The Independent Women’s Forum, a conservative nonprofit where Kellyanne Conway is a board member, will present him with the award at an event celebrating women’s history month.
“The award recognizes an individual who values free markets, works to create a more dynamic and innovative work world, and celebrates the valuable contributions women make to society,” the IWF said in a press release.
Pence does not work for women. He works against them. In March 2016, when Pence was still governor of Indiana, he signed House Bill 1337 into action. It’s a bill so anti-abortion, even some Republican government officials voiced their concern. HB 1337 allows doctors to refuse to perform abortions on women seeking them “solely because of: (1) the race, color, national origin, ancestry, or sex of the fetus; or (2) a diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down syndrome or any other disability.” Basically, it polices a woman’s choice for having an abortion. It is also a scare tactic and meant to instigate guilt; under the bill, women looking to have an abortion are required to have an ultrasound and listen to the heartbeat. If they do decide to go through with the procedure—if the doctor will even perform one—they then have to pay for a mandatory cremation and burial service. Pence also co-sponsored a bill that sought to deny abortions to women who would otherwise die from pregnancy complications and only allow federal funds to be used for an abortion conceived under “forcible rape” conditions. Yep, Vice President Pence looked to redefine rape. That’s how “pro-women” he is.