Democrat gubernatorial hopeful John Gregg on Monday focused on painting Republican opponent U.S. Congressman Mike Pence as an extremist bent on taking away women's reproductive rights.
He pointed out that Pence co-sponsored bills that would have redefined rape so that Medicaid would cover abortions only if the rape was forced; required an ultrasound for women seeking an abortion; and taken federal funding away from Planned Parenthood.
Gregg is pro-life but said Pence goes too far by jeopardizing women's access to health care, including birth control, cancer screenings and more.
He pointed to a book printed by the Indiana Police Review in 1992 -- while Pence headed the group -- saying that a doctor's judgment on whether an abortion is needed for the health of the mother is unreliable and that contraception for unmarried couples "destroys the American family."
"(Pence) has been an extremist all along, but he wants to hide from that record, and we want to compare and contrast and not let him get away from that record," Gregg said.
But Pence didn't write those words. The book is a collection of essays written by 22 authors titled "Indiana Mandate, an Agenda for the 1990s." It is labeled as a way to put issues back into Hoosier politics.
There are numerous other sections of the book addressing jobs, better government, criminal justice, education and collective bargaining. Pence wrote only one essay -- on term limits.
"We want to set the record straight. The 'Indiana Mandate' was not written or edited by Mike Pence," said Christy Denault, spokeswoman for the Pence campaign. "It is a collection of essays written by a number of different authors. It is inappropriate and inaccurate to attribute the writings of other authors to Mike Pence."
Pence's campaign has repeatedly said he is focusing on jobs and eduction -- not social issues.
He is expected to outline his plans if elected governor at Saturday's Republican state convention.