Kaine Willing to Support Clinton on Public Abortion Funding Although Personally Opposed

Kaine-compressedConfusion has ensued after Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine told reporters on Friday that he supports the Hyde Amendment just days after spokespersons said that Kaine stood behind Clinton’s goal to repeal it.

As previously reported, a spokesperson for Clinton stated this week that Kaine, a Roman Catholic who personally opposes abortion but believes women should have the “right to choose,” advised that he would support the repeal of the Hyde Amendment.

“He has said that he will stand with Secretary Clinton to defend a woman’s right to choose, to repeal the Hyde Amendment,” the unnamed spokesperson stated.

A spokesperson for Kaine confirmed the report days later.

“No funds authorized or appropriated by federal law, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law, shall be expended for any abortion,” the 1976 law reads.

But on Friday, during an interview on CNN’s New Day with host Alisyn Camerota, Kaine said that he supports the Hyde Amendment.

“I have been for the Hyde Amendment. I haven’t changed my position on that,” he stated.

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“You’re still for it? Your still for banning,” Camerota said.

“I have not changed my position. Have not changed my position on that,” Kaine repeated.

NARAL President Ilyse Hogue soon released a statement expressing disappointment with his remarks.

“Senator Kaine’s statement earlier today that he opposes repealing the discriminatory Hyde amendment was deeply disappointing,” she said.

But Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said that she had confidence Kaine would back efforts to repeal.

Karen Finney, a spokeswoman for the Clinton campaign, told CNN following the interview that what Kaine really meant was that he personally supports the Hyde Amendment but that he is willing to back Clinton on the matter.

“As Tim Kaine has said, while he supports the Hyde Amendment, he has also made it clear that he is fully committed to Hillary Clinton’s policy agenda, which he understands includes repeal of Hyde,” she stated.

Clinton had outlined last month during a speech before Planned Parenthood supporters that she would like to see Hyde repealed.

“Let’s repeal laws like the Hyde Amendment that make it nearly impossible, make it nearly impossible for low-income women, disproportionately women of color, to exercise their full reproductive rights,” she stated.

The Democratic Party platform adopted this week likewise expresses support of the repeal of the amendment.

“We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people. We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment,” it reads.

The Democratic Party platform also advocated the repeal of the Global Gag Rule and the Helms Amendment, which ban U.S. capital from being used to fund overseas abortions.

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  • Reason2012

    This is how the left / progressives / democrats operate. Every one of your actions can be pro-abortion, including forcing others to fund it, but as long as you say “I am against abortion”, then that’s supposedly the “real” truth.

    • Becky

      Sadly, both sides are like this. Trump considers abortion murder, yet he makes an exception for rape and incest.

      • Reason2012

        Well that’s progress. He has only to realize that you shouldn’t be_killed just because your were conceived due to rape.

        • Becky

          Then the same could be said about Kaine, or even Hillary…progress. Quite frankly, I don’t know what gives the impression that Trump doesn’t realise what he’s saying. At present, he has firmly stated that he would leave abortion exceptions for rape and incest.

          • Reason2012

            No, Hillary and Kaine have no reservations about them being_killed no matter the reason.

            Let’s put it this way: imagine the outrage if abortion was banned unless you can prove you were raped or incest (which is a fraction of a fraction of a percent of all abortions btw) – the left would go ballistic, which includes Hillary and Kaine.

            So the point is someone who at least realizes it should be banned in all cases except for rape / incest is FAR better than someone who thinks there shouldn’t be any restrictions at all. You would be addressing 99+% of all abortions.

            You can’t compare someone who wants to ban 99+% of abortions with someone who doesn’t want any of them banned.

            But yes, even for rape doesn’t mean the son/daughter should be killed, so we agree.

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    If his priest is not withholding Communion, then his bishop needs to be notified.

    If nothing is done, then his church should be picketed by Catholics who follow their Church’s doctrine and practice.

  • Becky

    “’As Tim Kaine has said, while he supports the Hyde Amendment, he has also made it clear that he is fully committed to Hillary Clinton’s policy agenda, which he understands includes repeal of Hyde,” she stated.'”

    He’s compromising. He’s willing to compromise his beliefs in order to achieve his goal…future VP. How is this different than what voting American Christians will soon be doing? Christians are willing to vote for someone (Hillary or Trump) that will support issues and execute laws they agree with, whilst compromising the issues and laws (eg homosexuality, abortion, etc) that are clear offenses against God and will directly impact them (Christians) negatively (eg same-sex marriage). Everyone that is willing to play politics, whether campaigning or voting, are all playing by the same man-made rules.

    • Reason2012

      What is your solution?
      You have three choices:
      Vote for Hillary: 100% of abortions will continue.
      Vote for no one (or a third candidate), Hillary wins, and 100% of abortions continue.
      Vote for Trump, and 99%+ of abortions might become illegal.

      There’s no “willing” about it: every action is a choice, including NOT voting.
      The Christian’s only choice at this point is to vote the least evil choice and continue to pray for our leaders.

      To NOT vote as if something good comes out of it is just kidding ourselves.

      • Becky

        The Christians only choice is to vote for the least evil choice? God has never asked his people to choose the lesser of two evils in anything…it’s not biblical. Politics belongs to this world, which belongs to Satan (John 12:31), and it has always worked against God’s word. In fact, God’s people are instructed to stay away from, “…those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.”(Romans 16). Also, we’re clearly told in Romans 3 that we should not do evil against God for the greater good. However, politicians are asking Christians to do the exact opposite…they’re asking you to go against God’s word by supporting Trump or
        Hillary, even though they will…and they will…intentionally commit evil against God (eg supporting abortions, homosexuality, etc).

        My choice is to trust the Lord and not support anyone who does not follow God’s word. By trusting God we can never go wrong. He knows who it is that he’ll put into power and he knows how that power will work according to his plan. We can do nothing to change that, else why did he reveal the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10)? Choosing the “lesser of two evils”, which is what some Christians vote for all of the time, isn’t according to God’s will. Ultimately, it is your choice, but it’s not true that the only choice a Christian has is to choose the lesser of two evils…not according to God’s word.

        • Reason2012

          // My choice is to trust the Lord and not support anyone who does
          // not follow God’s word. By trusting God we can never go wrong.

          Amen. Yes, we are to trust God – cannot argue with that.
          May God bless!

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          “Ultimately, it is your choice, but it’s not true that the only choice a Christian has is to choose the lesser of two evils…not according to God’s word.”

          I agree 100% – that both positions – abstaining or voting for the lesser of two evils – are reasonable ones for a Christian to take in any given election, because, of course, no politician will ever be anywhere near perfect. And, this election, we have really poor choices on both sides, making abstaining very rational.

          The party platforms on abortion are, however, black and white. The GOP is about as pro-life as one can get, and the opposite is true for the other party.

          If Hillary gets in, SCOTUS is shot. Probably permanently. If Trump gets in, then I believe that 8 of the 11 potential justices he would nominate are strongly pro-life. That, right there, is the only reason I would, and probably will, vote for the man. But, it is going to take a lot of prayer to do so, for the eloquent reasons you pointed out.

          God bless you, Becky – thanks for posting!

  • Josey

    There seems to be a lot of guilt pushing coming from some Christian leaders that if you do not vote for trump then you are voting for hillary and I myself will not accept that guilt or fear and each child of God whether they vote or not or who they vote for need to consider it prayerfully and walk in the peace of the Lord letting His peace guard your heart and mind, which is what I have done and there is no condemnation. The Lord God, our Shepherd Christ Jesus, will lead us by truth not by fear, anger, etc. stay close to the Shepherd, keep your heart pure before Him and keep looking up for our redemption draws nigh. His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

    Jeremiah 17:7-8 vs7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
    8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

  • jael2

    No doubt, Senator Kaine, is a double minded man that is unstable in all of his ways.

    But honestly, how many Republican’s have wined and dined Christians, only to betray us time and time again? They will say and do anything to get our vote, then kick us to the curb.

    If anyone thinks that Trump is a knight, riding on a white horse, in shining armor, that will rid us of all of our social ills they are sadly mistaken.

    Our nation is in such a state of depravity, the only message that may get our attention is severe judgment and persecution. Perhaps then, there will be repentance and revival.

    Our rallying cry should be:
    ” For the Lord is our Judge,
    The Lord is our Lawgiver,
    The Lord is our King;
    He will save us” Is. 33:22