Pence promises Focus on the Family ‘we’ll defund Planned Parenthood once and for all’

Author: Stephanie Earls, The Gazette - June 23, 2017 - Updated: June 23, 2017

Focus on the Family President Jim Daly jokes with Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, while introducing them at the organization’s 40th anniversary celebration Friday, June 23, 2017, during his visit to Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo Pool, The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Arriving more than an hour late, Vice President Mike Pence drew an enthusiastic, at times even raucous response as he congratulated Focus on the Family for its 40th anniversary, saying, “You’ve been a force for good in America for 40 years.”

Pence told the crowded main chapel that he’d personally been involved with Focus since his children were small. “Thank you for everything you’ve done for the country,” he called.

One of the biggest eruptions came when he spoke of the pending Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“That is when we are going to defund Planned Parenthood once and for all,” he enthused, as the crowd rose to its feet with whistles and loud applause.

Pence also called on those assembled to pray for America “in these challenging times.”

He promised those gathered that Focus on the Family “has an unwavering ally in President Donald Trump.”

Erin Prater

Erin Prater is Colorado Politics' digital editor. She is a multimedia journalist with 15 years of experience writing, editing and designing for newspapers, magazines, websites and publishing houses. Her previous positions include military reporter at The Gazette, general assignment reporter at The Huerfano County (Colo.) World, copy editor at David C. Cook publishing house and adjunct mass communication instructor at Pueblo Community College. Her bylines include The New York Times Upfront, The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Military Spouse magazine and Omaha Magazine (Omaha, Neb.). Her syndicated bylines include The Denver Post,, and wire services.

One comment

  • Jeff Neuman-Lee

    June 23, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    The attack on Planned Parenthood makes no sense except that good people have been trumped up as boogymen for the unifocation of a political base. Americans set upon each other for no good reason.

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