“We are honored to have our good friend Mike Pence return to keynote our annual Gala as Vice President of the United States,” SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said. “It is a fitting homecoming for him, showing how far both he and the pro-life movement have come and how much we have accomplished together.”
The vice president had given the group’s keynote address six years earlier at the event as a U.S. Representative for Indiana in 2011.
Pence’s presence on the 2016 GOP presidential ticket reinforced the party’s pro-life platform, and his appearance at the March’s rally bolstered the pro-life community with hopes of making strides in Washington with the incoming Trump administration.
“Unborn children and their mothers could not have a stronger ally at President Trump’s right hand to help carry out the pro-life agenda he has promised,” Dannenfelser said. “Mike Pence has been an unflinching pro-life champion throughout all his years of public service. He understands that not only is standing up for life the right thing to do, it is a winning issue.”
As an Indiana congressman, Pence sponsored more than two-dozen pro-life bills in the U.S. House, SBA List noted, including legislation aimed at stopping taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. While Indiana governor, Pence signed four major pieces of pro-life legislation, including a bill protecting unborn children with disabilities from abortion.
Pence made headlines in March after a Washington Post profile of his wife Karen cited comments the vice president made 15 years earlier about steps the couple takes to protect their marriage.
Pence had also hosted an unprecedented meeting with roughly 40 U.S. pro-life leaders in his office at the White House on the evening before the March for Life. He tweeted later that he was honored to meet with the pro-life representatives.