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Gregg Criticizes Pence On Women’s Access To Healthcare

John Gregg

Photo: Gretchen Frazee/WFIU-WTIU News

John Gregg speaks during his announcement of Minority Senate Leader Vi Simpson as his running mate. At the time, he said he chose Simpson, in part, because of her stance on women's issues.

Speaking outside a Planned Parenthood center in Indianapolis on Monday, gubernatorial candidate John Gregg said his opponent Mike Pence’s agenda is not about job creation but social issues.

The Democratic nominee sounded a familiar theme this election cycle:  accusing his GOP opponent of waging a war on women. Gregg is a pro-life Democrat and, as such, opposes most abortions.

But Monday he sought to paint Mike Pence as a candidate running on a divisive social agenda that includes denying women access to basic preventive health care, including the defunding of Planned Parenthood.

Gregg referenced a 20-year-old book from the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, a conservative think tank Pence led in the ‘90s. Gregg says the book, which promotes a staunchly pro-life viewpoint, is Pence’s blueprint for Indiana.

“I don’t want to make it about social issues. I want to make it about jobs,” he says. “But the true of the matter is all he’s ever dealt with is social issues.”

But Pence spokesperson Christy Denault says the GOP gubernatorial candidate is not focused on social issues as he campaigns.

“He has been talking about jobs and education,” she says. “He’s talking about those things because that is what is most important to Hoosiers right now.”

Denault says Pence will roll out specific policy initiatives in the next week, including touching on jobs, tax policy and family issues.

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