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The Pence Amendment


I took this photo five years ago outside Senator Sherrod Brown’s office. His staffer is kneeling in the center, surrounded by four bus loads of people from Ohio. The trip was part of a much larger national push to stop a horrific proposal to shutdown the US government over reproductive health care funding, AKA The Pence Amendment.

Mike Pence is very bad for America. As a member of Congress, he put his name on an amendment to take all federal funds away from Planned Parenthood health centers that would have had a devastating effect on women’s access to health care across the country.

The 2011 Pence Amendment would have put the health of millions of low and middle-income women at risk by eliminating their primary source of preventive health care and family planning services. Not only would this amendment have eliminated the provision of cancer screenings and other vital health services for women, but it represented a direct attack by members of Congress on women’s right to control their own reproductive health.

Thanks to pro-choice champions like Sherrod Brown and President Obama, the Pence Amendment was defeated.

Attacks by Mike Pence continued, however, as he took his agenda from Congress to the Indiana Governor’s office. Indiana women have suffered greatly because of restrictions on abortion providers.

Tuesday night, Mike Pence will be appearing in the Vice Presidential Debate. As Donald Trump’s running mate, he brings a serious threat to the 2016 election, backed by a career of attacking women. In a Trump Administration, Mike Pence would have control over reproductive health care policy and the ability to destroy women’s access to safe and legal abortion.


We cannot allow Mike Pence to force his anti-woman agenda on America. Email us at to get involved. There’s still time to make a difference before Election Day.

For choice,

Gabriel Mann
Communications Manager
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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