‘Let Women Make Their Own Decisions’: Tim Kaine Reiterates Abortion Support Despite Personal Beliefs

kaine-debate-compressedFARMVILLE, Va. — During the first vice presidential debate for the 2016 election, Tim Kaine, the running mate of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, reiterated his support for keeping abortion legal despite his own personal identity as a Roman Catholic.

Kaine, as well as Trump running mate Mike Pence, were asked by moderator Elaine Quijano of CBS News to outline an instance when they had difficulty reconciling their faith with their politics.

“Can you discuss in detail a time when you struggled to balance your personal faith and a public policy position?” she asked.

“I try to practice my religion in a very devout way and follow the teachings of my church in my own personal life. But I don’t believe in this nation, a First Amendment nation, where we don’t raise any religion over the other, and we allow people to worship as they please, that the doctrines of any one religion should be mandated for everyone,” Kaine replied.

He said that as a Roman Catholic, he opposed the death penalty, but had to put his beliefs aside to comply with a law allowing for executions while serving as governor of Virginia.

“[F]or me, my faith informs my life. I try and spend a little time on my knees every day. But it all for me begins with cherishing the dignity, the worth, the value of every human life,” Pence stated in answering Quijano’s question.

“But what I can’t understand is with Hillary Clinton and now Senator Kaine at her side is to support a practice like partial-birth abortion,” he said. “I know Senator Kaine, you hold pro-life views personally, but the very idea that a child that is almost born into the world could still have their life taken from them is just anathema to me.”

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Kaine replied that while he personally is pro-life, “it is not the role of the public servant to mandate that for everybody else.”

“We support Roe v. Wade. We support the constitutional right of American women to consult their own conscience, their own supportive partner, their own minister, but then make their own decision about pregnancy,” he declared. “That’s something we trust American women to do that.”

He said that Pence wants to repeal Roe and put it on the ash heap of history.

“I think you should live your moral values. But the last thing, the very last thing that government should do is have laws that would punish women who make reproductive choices,” Kaine said. “And that is the fundamental difference between a Clinton-Kaine ticket and a Trump- Pence ticket that wants to punish women who make that choice.”

Pence quickly said that he doesn’t support criminalizing women who have their unborn child killed.

“No, it’s really not. Donald Trump and I would never support legislation that punished women who made the heartbreaking choice to end a pregnancy,” he replied.

“Then why did Donald Trump say that?” Kaine asked.

Pence responded that “things don’t always come out exactly the way [Trump] means them.”

“I’m telling you what the policy of our administration would be,” he said.

“Great line from the Gospel of Matthew: From the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks,” Kaine interjected.

Pence and Kaine continued to debate the issue, with Kaine asserting that women should be able to have their “choice.”

“I have appreciated the fact that you’ve supported the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of taxpayer funding for abortion, in the past, but that’s not Hillary Clinton’s view. People need to understand, we can come together as a nation. We can create a culture of life,” Pence said. “There are so many families around the country who can’t have children. We could improve adoption, so that families that can’t have children can adopt more readily those children from crisis pregnancies.”

“Governor, why don’t you trust women to make this choice for themselves?” Kaine asked. “We can encourage people to support life. Of course we can. But why don’t you trust women? Why doesn’t Donald Trump trust women to make this choice for themselves?”

“That’s what we ought to be doing in public life. Living our lives of faith or motivation with enthusiasm and excitement, convincing other, dialoguing with each other about important moral issues of the day, but on fundamental issues of morality, we should let women make their own decisions,” he asserted.

An estimated 60 million children have lost their lives since the 1973 legalization of Roe v. Wade.


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  • Josey

    Kaine replied that while he personally is pro-life, “it is not the role of the public servant to mandate that for everybody else.” Add this to his other ridiculous statements and freakish ramblings.
    Wrong Mr. kaine, it is a public servant’s duty to lead with morality or there are no leaders or order of law at all. So, Mr. Kaine when you appear before the Lord God Almighty, tell Him your personal beliefs were against abortion, that you are “pro-life” yet were not responsible for participating in the murdering of the innocent because as a public servant you aren’t responsible for leading in law and order and for protecting innocent lives, tell God you were just compromising your belief which is a lie in and of itself for if you truly are pro-life you would stand for it wholeheartedly, you are a snake!

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    No human should be in a complete control of another human being because everyone is a sinner. Nazi Germany should never decide the fate of the Jews. Likewise, pro-abortion women should never make decisions for their unborn children. Pro-lifers are today’s Dutch Resistance. USA needs the Christian conscience to do what is right.

  • Reason2012

    // ‘Let Women Make Their Own Decisions” //

    Using that logic, can anyone tell me why we don’t let “women make their own decisions” when it comes to_killing their daughter that is 1 minute out of the womb?
    What about 1 minute before coming out of the womb?
    1 day?
    1 week?
    Behold the farce of pretending it’s as simple as “Let women make their own decisions”.

  • Emmanuel

    These men don’t have faith or follow scriptures. And the presidential candidates don’t have faith. Actually, their god is their power and money.

    • zeddicuskotor

      Majority of American Catholics are pro choice. The whole anti-woman crusade doesn’t belong in our liberal secular democracy. If you wish to live in a theocracy, please move to Iran or North Korea.

      • Emmanuel

        You nailed it, USA is a liberal secular country. Everything is a go, nothing is wrong and there’s no more sin. So why have standards!

        • zeddicuskotor

          There is standards based off of liberal secular values. Values that you hold as well.

          • Emmanuel

            please share those standards. If you are referring to our laws, answer me this, is it wrong to cheat on your spouse? according to our laws, it’s not illegal to be unfaithful. So is it wrong?

  • wit brown

    Kaine is right in saying “Let women make their own choices'” for it is not the government’s decision to do it for her.
    Strange how so many Republicans want government out of our lives in regards to taxes, race issues, climate and regulation issues, but not when it comes to activities between a woman’s leg.
    That is quite strange.
    However , if the Church would teach women to be good God fearing Christians, she would be convicted before she even have sex and the abortion.
    This is a job for the Church , but when a Church has lost it’s ability to impact a nation, then I guess many so call Christians would rely and look towards Politics and Law to force matters of heart.
    Let the Church grow up and preach the Pure Gospel in all of it’s glory and see how it can transform a culture of abortion, racism, gun violence, feminism, etc…