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Michael Richard Pence (born June 7, 1959) is an American politician and lawyer serving as the 48th vice president of the United States, since 2017. He previously was the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017 and a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. Pence was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana, and is the younger brother of U.S. Representative Greg Pence. He graduated from Hanover College and earned a law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law before entering private practice. After losing two bids for a congressional seat in 1988 and 1990, he became a conservative radio and television talk show host from 1994 to 1999. Pence was elected to the United States Congress in 2000 and represented Indiana's 2nd congressional district and Indiana's 6th congressional district in the House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. He served as the chairman of the House Republican Conference from 2009 to 2011. Pence described himself as a "principled conservative" and supporter of the Tea Party movement, stating that he was "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order.
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Judge says Indiana’s abortion ban violates state’s religious freedom law

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Marion County Superior Court Judge Heather Welch Marion County Superior Court Judge Heather Welch on Friday, Dec. 2, issued a ruling that blocks an Indiana state law banning most abortions there on the basis that the law violates individuals’ religious freedom and temporarily halting enforcement of the abortion ban.

The Monroe Circuit Court enjoined enforcement of the new abortion law, saying that it violates women’s right to privacy as guaranteed by the Indiana Constitution.

The Indiana Supreme Court has accepted jurisdiction in that case and has scheduled oral arguments for January. The ruling came in a case brought by five anonymous women of Jewish, Muslim and other religious faiths and the group Hoosier Jews for Choice, and Judge Welch’s ruling is based on Indiana’s  Religious Freedom Restoration Act, passed by a GOP-controlled legislature and signed into law on March 26, 2016, by then-Indiana Gov.

Mike Pence, a staunch opponent of reproductive freedom. Those fighting against the RFRA at the time believed (and still do) that the bill was intended to give opponents of equality legal cover for discriminating against LGBTQ people.

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