Pence outlines freedom agenda for the future, rejects focus on the past

Former Vice President Mike Pence told young conservatives Tuesday to champion pro-life policies and to focus on the future in a speech that hailed his achievements with former President Donald Trump while acknowledging he has a different focus than his former boss.

In a speech to Young America’s Foundation, Mr. Pence said a positive agenda begins with preserving the sanctity of life as he hailed the Supreme Court’s decision to return decisions about abortion policies to the states.

“We sent Roe v. Wade to the ash heap of history where it belongs,” said Mr. Pence. “We save the babies, we’ll save America.”

He hailed the work of the “Trump-Pence administration” in installing three justices who made the ruling possible and called for defunding Planned Parenthood. He said efforts to restrict abortion across the U.S. must be paired with efforts to support birth mothers and adoption services.

Mr. Pence blasted critical race theory as “state-sanctioned racism,” touching on a theme that animated conservatives in the last election cycle, and said every family should have the resources to choose where their child goes to school.