Frustrated by Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence's refusal to release a full campaign program on major issues, including women's health care, Democrat challenger John Gregg drew up his own version of a Pence plan and attacked it Monday.
Based on a collection of essays written 20 years ago when Pence headed the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, Gregg responded to his own version of the Pence Plan outside a Planned Parenthood center, RTV6's Norman Cox reported.
Pence's campaign declined to discuss the issue when contacted by RTV6 on Monday, but they said Tuesday that the essay that Gregg referred to was not written by Pence.
Gregg skewered Pence on his record involving abortion and women's health issues, including what Gregg said Pence called the "myth of safe sex outside of marriage."
"This myth has many ugly heads. It leads to abortion, pornography and the general denigration of women as objects to be had ... 'safely' to be sure," Gregg quoted Pence as saying.
"His manifesto declares that giving women too many choices leads to promiscuity and that a physician's judgment is not reliable and that safe sex outside of marriage is a myth," Gregg told supporters.
Gregg said Pence's philosophy has led him to repeatedly target not just abortion, but women's access to health care in general by introducing bills to de-fund Planned Parenthood.
"Folks, this issue is not about abortion. I am a pro-life Democrat. I am in the minority of my party. But this issue is about women's access to health care," Gregg said.
Planned Parenthood officials joined in, saying Pence's record is one of denying women access to family planning services, cancer screenings and treatments.
"He has consistently attacked women's rights and focused his congressional efforts to diminish access to health care," said Planned Parenthood of Indiana CEO Betty Cockrum.
Gregg said that even though the quotes are 20 years old, the agenda was the same as the one Pence followed while serving in Congress.
A representative for Pence told RTV6 that this election is about jobs and education. She would not speculate on how Pence would deal with social issues, including women's health, if elected.
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