For decades, former Vice President Mike Pence has been working to send Roe v. Wade “to the ash heap of history” so that unborn babies may be protected from abortion again.

On June 24, the pro-life political leader’s hopes and prayers came true when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe in the historic ruling Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health and began allowing states to ban abortions again.

Pence celebrated the victory for life Tuesday in a speech to the Young America Foundation, while acknowledging the devastation that Roe wreaked on America’s children for five decades, according to Raw Story.

“I stand before you today with a grateful heart that after nearly 50 years of lives of incalculable value lost to our nation, 50 years of heartbreak, 50 years of praying and fasting and working and volunteering and caring,” Pence said.

“Last month, at long last with the support of three Supreme Court justices appointed during the Trump-Pence administration, we sent Roe v. Wade to the ash heap of history where it belongs,” he continued.

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Ending Roe was just a first step, and Pence said he is committed to restoring the right to life for unborn babies into American law.

“As Americans, we believe in those timeless ideals of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” he said. “So where we begin with the Freedom Agenda is a very simple commitment to secure the sanctity of life at the center of American law once again!”

The Republican leader has been a dedicated pro-life advocate for many years, always expressing optimism that Roe would be overturned.

A former congressman and governor of Indiana, Pence worked to pass a number of pro-life laws, including efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and protect unborn babies with Down syndrome from discrimination. As vice president under President Donald Trump, Pence frequently advocated for unborn babies’ right to life, including at the March for Life. His daughter, Charlotte, also is active in the pro-life movement.

In 2016, he told an Arizona crowd: “I speak on behalf of my wife and I. I would tell you there is no more important cause to the Pences than the cause of life.”

Under Roe, more than 63 million unborn babies were aborted in the United States. The 1973 ruling forced states to legalize abortion on demand up to viability and allowed abortions up to birth. Now, because of the Dobbs ruling, states may protect unborn babies by banning abortions again, and more than a dozen have done so.

The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates more than 110,000 unborn babies are being saved from abortion as a result of the pro-life laws currently in place.

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