Potential Barack Obama Running Mate Tim Kaine: Keep Roe, Abortion a Right

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 31, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Potential Barack Obama Running Mate Tim Kaine: Keep Roe, Abortion a Right

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 31
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Potential Barack Obama running mate Tim Kaine, the governor of Virginia, would match up well with the junior Illinois senator should Obama choose him as his vice-presidential nominee. Kaine said in an interview on Wednesday that Roe v. Wade shouldn’t be overturned and that he favors legal abortions.

In an hour-long interview with PBS’s Charlie Rose Wednesday, Kaine rebutted those who say he is opposed to abortion and would help moderate Obama’s extreme abortion stance.

Obama favors unlimited abortions, paid for at taxpayer expense, and has come under fire for supporting a bill that would overturn pro-life laws nationwide.

Kaine’s views aren’t that far off, as he explained that he favors Roe, which allowed virtually unlimited abortions, and believes abortion is a constitutional right.

Asked if the nation’s high court should reverse Roe, Kaine responded, "“I don’t think the Supreme Court should.”

“Roe vs. Wade is ultimately about saying that there is a realm of personal liberty for people to make this decision," he claimed.

Kaine said he supported a few limits on abortions like a partial-birth abortion ban and parental involvement for teenagers.

"Those, I have supported," Kaine told PBS. "But I don’t think ultimately we ought to be criminalizing abortion."

However, Obama told Planned Parenthood in July 2007 that the first action he would take as president would be signing the so-called Freedom of Choice Act, which would make Roe’s unlimited abortions a national law and overturn every abortion limit nationwide — including the current Virginia laws Kaine supports.

Kaine’s current position in favor of some abortion limits is a flip-flop from the position he held when he ran for lieutenant governor.

Kaine told the Washington Post, during his 2001 campaign that he "opposes efforts to restrict abortions" and that he "opposes efforts to require a parent’s consent before a minor gets an abortion."

Then, facing more intense scrutiny in his 2005 gubernatorial bid, Kaine changed positions and said he favors abortion limits.

A leading pro-life Catholic group has said if Barack Obama picks a fellow abortion advocate as a running mate that he will seal his fate with pro-life voters, who will support McCain.


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