In 2015, the worst HIV outbreak in Indiana’s history was spreading like wildfire. There were more than 80 cases of HIV in Scott County. All of these cases were because people were forced to use dirty needles, ThinkProgress. Those are more than 80 people who are either dead cause of HIV or have the disease now, because the Indiana Governor at the time, Mike Pence, our current Vice President, banned needle exchange programs in the state. Hence the witty title of my article from a while ago, Who Killed More People? Jeffrey Dahmer or Mike Pence?
Imagine that. Every time more than 80 family members look at the news and see our vice president, they see the person who killed their son or daughter or father or mother!
Pence did it to please his religious backing. Pence led a victorious crusade against Planned Parenthood, the abortion loving Queen of Snakes to every bible thumper in the country. In 2014, to the cheers of his evangelical crowd, Pence shrunk Planned Parenthood funding to $1.9 million. As a result, Planned Parenthood had to close five facilities around the state.
One of those five clinics was in Scott County, from the first paragraph. When the HIV epidemic was spiraling out of control in Scott County, I wonder who was the person to realize that maybe they were connected. Maybe the HIV epidemic was AS A RESULT of there being no needle exchange program offered at Planned Parenthood.
It shouldn’t have taken a rocket scientist to make this connection. After all, the certain Planned Parenthood office in Scott County actually never performed an abortion. The facility was ONLY used for drug prevention programs. As a result of our vice president, addicts were unable to get clean needles so they used dirty ones and got AIDS.
As the epidemic exploded, Pence lifted the ban on needle exchange programs in Scott County. However, the ban stayed in place in all other places in Indiana.
Another Indiana law under Pence, was that it was a crime to carry a syringe without a prescription. NYTimes
The only explanation for such Draconian laws, was to kill drug addicts.
Possibly Trump’s biggest foreign leader supporter is the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte and Mike Pence couldn’t appear any different. However, it is shocking how similar they are. Both of them are just a few politicians in the past century, that have passed legislation aimed at killing drug addicts.
Duterte compared his mission to clean the Philippines of drug addicts to Hitler’s quest to rid Germany of Jews. Duterte actually said he would be “happy to slaughter” millions of drug addicts. He is a huge fan of Pence.
Pence does not work for America. All of his legislation is to appease his evangelical base, the same voters that are the beneficiaries of all of Trump’s legislation as well. Here is a clip of Pence’s previous votes –
Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines.
Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research.
Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions.
Voted YES on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research.
Voted YES on funding for health providers who don’t provide abortion info. PoliticalHaze
Judging by his votes you’d reckon Pence is a choir boy. Today, he sure seems like that. But in 1990, Pence was a rebel without a cause. He stole $13,000 in campaign funds to pay for his own mortgage!
He justified his theft by saying,“I’m not embarrassed that I need to make a living.”
Turns out, Indiana was so disgusted with Pence’s crime, that he lost the election by 19 points. Despite the fact that the list of crimes committed by the president and vice president rivals most gang members, the religious right worships them.