Pence visits Focus on Family amid change for religious right

Marsha Scott
June 26, 2017

Pence was not involved in the accident and was not injured.

Invited guests to Focus on the Family's 40th anniversary bow their heads in prayer after a speech by Vice President Mike Pence.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke Friday to a crowd of roughly 1,650 people at the headquarters of Focus on the Family, an influential evangelical Christian ministry based in Colorado Springs. On Friday, he praised Focus on the Family at length, calling it a "ray of hope and joy", and thanking its employees for their work. Pence mentioned supporting the work of Christ's pregnancy centers across IN by donating ultrasounds, which he said "will save innocent lives".

"And later this summer, when we repeal and replace ObamaCare, we're going to defund Planned Parenthood - once and for all", the staunch pro-life leader from Indian promised.

Vice President Mike Pence urged religious conservatives to get active in the health care debate.

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Among the issues protesters took issue with, were Pence and Focus on the Family's views on LGBT issues, abortion and women's rights. Focus on the Family also offers marriage counseling and is staunchly opposed to homosexuality. "Today, we are here to say no and to advocate for our right to access resources, to healthcare, and help for our community".

"The Handmaid's Tale" is set a dystopian future, where fertile women are forced into sexual servitude and identifiable by their distinct robe and bonnet.

"This community rejects hatred and bigotry in all its ugly forms", protest organizers wrote on Facebook.

FILE - In this Thursday, May 2, 1996, the main administration building at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, shown while Kerry Steven Dore held police at bay with four hostages for two hours.

Mr. Pence also heralded a new executive order signed by President Trump directing the US Department of Justice to, "develop protections for Americans of faith".

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