Vice President-elect Mike Pence recently rented a home in DC’s Chevy Chase neighborhood. Soon after he moved in, residents of the area began hanging rainbow flags in his neighborhood in solidarity with the LGBGTQ community. (Pence has a notable history of supporting legislation that results in LGBTQ discrimination.)
Now the neighborhood has embraced another symbol of quiet resistance by putting up “This neighborhood trusts women” signs, supplied by reproductive rights organization, NARAL Pro-Choice America.
The signs target Pence’s decidedly anti-abortion, anti-woman record. During his time in elected office, Pence has led the charge to defund Planned Parenthood, voted against both the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, co-sponsored a federal anti-abortion bill that would have essentially redefined rape, signed a bill in Indiana that required abortion providers to bury or cremate fetal tissue, and has said that he “long[s] for the day that Roe v. Wade is sent to the ash heap of history.”
NARAL spokesperson Doug Gordon told The Huffington Post that the organization intentionally focused their canvassing campaign on Pence’s neighborhood, knowing that a majority of Chevy Chase residents opposed much of the legislative agenda of the incoming administration. (Just 4 percent of DC residents voted for Donald Trump in the presidential election.)
“NARAL wanted to send a clear message to the incoming administration that if they go forward with their agenda of stripping women of their fundamental rights they should expect a fight all over the country and even in their own front lawn,” Gordon told HuffPost.
Apparently the campaign went over well with Chevy Chase residents. According to Gordon, dozens of Pence’s neighbors requested signs.