Some feminists and pro-choice activists aren’t thrilled with Hillary Clinton‘s selection for her running mate. Hillary’s VP pick, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, is a Roman Catholic who is anti-abortion.
However, that’s just his personal belief. He reportedly doesn’t think the government needs to intrude on individuals’ moral decisions.
“I don’t like it personally. I’m opposed to abortion. And personally I’m opposed to the death penalty. I deeply believe, and not just as a matter of politics, but even as a matter of morality, that matters about reproduction and intimacy and relationships and contraception are in the personal realm. They’re moral decisions for individuals to make for themselves. And the last thing we need is government intruding into those personal decisions. So I’ve taken a position which is quite common among Catholics. I’ve got a personal feeling about abortion, but the right role for government is to let women make their own decisions,” Kaine told “Meet the Press” last month.
However back in 2005 on Kaine’s campaign site for governor of Virginia, he did say as governor he would “work in good faith to reduce abortions” in a number of ways such as passing an enforceable ban on partial birth abortion, encouraging abstinence among teens, and promoting adoption as an alternative.
Kaine graduated from Harvard Law. He’s also fluent in Spanish. He took a year off from law school and worked as a missionary in Honduras.
In the Senate, he sticks with the party line – voting with the Democrats more than 90 percent of the time. He’s popular in his home state of Virginia, and was a safe choice for Hillary.
We’ll have to wait and see how it pans out.
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