"Yes, abortion is a violation of providing life to a human being — but it should also be acknowledged as oppression in its barest form. It ostracizes the weaker members of society, and it places a particular burden on minority communities," she clarifies.
According to her, abortion rates continue to vary by factors like ethnicity, race, and income level. She also believes that society has made it look like we are doing women a favor with the pro-choice message, but instead it "tells a woman the way in which she should live. The narrative is not one of empowerment and self-sufficiency; it is of fear." Society has actually failed women and does not send out the message that we can and will help them with this difficult choice.
Pence really presses on the factor that the change that is needed for an abortion free world does not neccesarily start with the government.
"We are in a pivotal time in our culture that will decide the moral ground we stand upon. This has to be a grass-roots movement of kindness, love and a sincere demand that the weakest in our society no longer be silenced and removed. Only then will we see a cultural shift where we start to right the wrongs of the past and move toward a better future for our children — the ultimate desired outcome for social justice. Policy change is not the only response here, but rather a coming together should be our fight."
Charlotte Pence is the author of Where You Go: Life Lessons from My Father and co-author of the children's book Marlon Bundo's Day in the Life of the Vice President. Pence's mother, second lady Karen Pence, a trained watercolorist and art teacher, did the illustrations.