With President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement on the Supreme Court, the fate of Roe v. Wade and women's reproductive rights have sparked a sharp debate.
Bash asked, referring to the possibility of Kavanaugh going rogue and not exploiting opportunities to reverse Roe, to which Pence replied that what the president was looking for in a Supreme Court pick was above all fidelity to the U.S. Constitution.
"I'm pro-life and I don't apologize for it", Pence continued.
"Right. But you're part of an administration that campaigned, you and the president, saying you will find nominees to overturn Roe vs. Wade", she said.
The system assigns a score to Supreme Court justices based on their voting patterns; for federal appeals court judges, like Kavanaugh, scores are based on the ideologies of the presidents and senators who nominated them. "We want people to go that respect the Constitution, respect the Constitution as written, will not legislate from the bench, and President Trump and I are absolutely convinced that Judge Kavanaugh is exactly the kind of jurist that the American people - in the majority - want to see on the Court".
In laying out their case against Kavanaugh's confirmation, Democrats have made abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act a primary focus. And if Roe v. Wade is overturned, will that mean the end of legal abortions in our country?
Kavanaugh, left, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, and Vice President Pence at the Capitol on Tuesday.
Bash reiterated her question, asking Pence if he hopes Kavanaugh will be the justice to overturn the landmark abortion ruling. "Frankly, we've seen enough of litmus tests over the decades". "They don't want the court to have any repute placed upon it by the American people, that would be the result, and they know that, so they are going to play things close to the vest, they are not going to overrule these iconic decisions".