News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 8, 2012

Pence attracts pro-family planning demonstrators in Terre Haute

Staff Writer
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence made a brief stop in Terre Haute today that attracted the attention of Planned Parenthood of Indiana supporters.

Pence, who is unopposed in today’s primary, stopped at the Grand Traverse Pie Company on Cherry Street to meet with “friends and supporters,” he said. While inside, six women holding signs supporting Planned Parenthood and stating “Women are Watching” stood quietly on a public sidewalk about 100 feet away.

“We’re here today to let Mike Pence know that women are watching and we’re coming to the polls in November,” said Katie Blair, director of activism for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana, the political arm of Planned Parenthood in the state. The six women also demonstrated at a Pence stop earlier today in Rockville, they said.

Pence, who has sponsored legislation in Congress to halt federal funding for Planned Parenthood, will be facing former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg in the November general election.

“Everywhere I go in Indiana, I think people respect my conservative values, including my pro-life views,” Pence said when asked about the demonstrators. “Where I’m focused today is on getting people back to work in this state and getting schools working for our kids.”