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It’s well-documented that Donald Trump’s policy proposals — and personality — are terrible for women. Let me assure (or warn) you that my (former) governor Mike Pence would be just as bad, if not even worse.

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued a blunt assessment of the ticket: “Trump-Pence 2016’s slogan might as well be Making Misogyny Great Again.”

She added in a statement: “In choosing Pence, Trump has doubled down on his dangerous, reckless, and hateful campaign and once again proven that when it comes to women and families Trump will take away our rights and turn back the clock on decades’ worth of progress.”

And in choosing Pence, Donald has hired a seasoned professional in turning back the clock for women.

Before he was an awful governor, Pence was an awful Congressman: During his 12 years in the House, he cast 38 votes on abortion and reproductive-rights issues, every single one of which was anti-choice. He repeatedly voted for the Federal Abortion Ban; repeatedly voted for the Unborn Victims of Violence Act; repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood; and repeatedly cosponsored legislation so extreme that it would not only have banned abortion, but also would have banned some common forms of contraception, stem cell research, and in vitro fertilization.

As governor, Pence has led a crusade against abortion access, which culminated, in March, in his signing “a sweeping new anti-abortion law that combines some of the harshest attacks on reproductive rights into one piece of legislation.”

He has overseen the prosecution of two women of color — Purvi Patel and Bei Bei Shuai — for, respectively, self-termination of her pregnancy and miscarriage after a suicide attempt; has supported defunding Planned Parenthood in the state; and was one of the Republican governors who ordered the State Department of Health to investigate Planned Parenthood facilities following the release of undercover footage of Planned Parenthood employees discussing something totally legal and routine.

(The investigation in Indiana uncovered exactly nothing illegal. Just like all the other state investigations.)

And his failures on reproductive justice are just the tip of the crapberg. In every aspect of women’s lives — social justice, economic justice, criminal justice, civil rights, LGBTx rights, disability rights, civil rights, education, healthcare access, employment, food security, right down to the potholes plaguing Indiana’s roads — Pence has been, and will ever be, awful for women.

Listen, let me just give it to you straight: Mitch Daniels was the worst governor Indiana ever had. Until Mike Pence. It is a joke among Hoosiers that we never imagined we’d miss Daniels — but Pence has the dubious distinction of being so loathsome that we now recall Daniels’ horrendous tenure almost fondly, by comparison. (Almost.)

There aren’t words — at least not words that are publishable here — to describe the depth of my detestation for Pence’s tremendously harmful policies.

If you didn’t already have enough reason not to vote for Donald, Pence oughta do it. At least if you value having a functional infrastructure and enough to eat.

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