Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, Tim Kaine, calls himself a practicing Catholic, but he has a strong pro-abortion voting record that contradicts his faith’s teachings.
Catholic leaders and voters have been calling out Kaine for opposing protections for unborn babies, but a few also have been defending him. Recently, a Catholic school alumnus said he was kicked off his school’s Facebook page after criticizing Kaine’s pro-abortion position.
According to Breitbart, Eric J. Halvorson, a graduate of Brophy College Preparatory, a Jesuit high school in Arizona, noticed a piece on his school’s Facebook page recently that highlighted Kaine and his Jesuit education.
Halvorson decided to respond. The report explains more about the situation:
The column noted how the Virginia senator said he lives by the Jesuit maxim of “men and women for others.”
After reading the piece, Brophy grad Eric J. Halvorson entered a comment observing that Mr. Kaine may be a man for others, but he is certainly not “a man for the unborn,” based on his public record and presidential running mate, the noted abortion supporter Hillary Clinton.
According to an email from Halvorson, several minutes later he received a message from the Brophy Facebook manager requesting that he refrain from making “political” comments on the school’s page—a curious request given that the USA Today article featured a prominent Catholic politician.
Halvorson responded by saying that his comments were not intended to be political, but spoke directly to the sanctity of human life.
Later that afternoon, Halvorson found that he had been permanently removed from the school’s Facebook fans, meaning he was essentially banned from the page and could no longer make comments of any sort.
Halvorson admitted that his email to the school was a bit “terse” at the end, but he said he was surprised that the school banned him from its page, according to Renew America.
“Yet the perception I was left with is that Brophy is OK with featuring and celebrating Mr. Kaine’s Jesuit education experience and service to others despite his public record on abortion,” Halvorson said.
“I have found in my 50 years on this earth as a Roman Catholic that the sanctity of life for many millions of American Catholics (and I include so many Jesuit priests as well) has now become passé and a pick-and-choose exercise. They have caved in to the secular pressure of the ‘pro-choice’ crowd,” he added in a letter to the school.
Kaine is not a moderate on the abortion issue, though some have attempted to describe him that way. As LifeNews previously reported, the Democrat said he is a “strong supporter of Roe v. Wade” despite supposedly being a “traditional Catholic.”
“I have a traditional Catholic personal position, but I am very strongly supportive that women should make these decisions and government shouldn’t intrude,” Kaine said. “I’m a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade and women being able to make these decisions. In government, we have enough things to worry about. We don’t need to make people’s reproductive decisions for them.”
As a U.S. senator, Kaine has voted against the pro-life position every chance he got. Sen. Kaine voted to allow government funding of abortion providers, and he voted against legislation to require an abortionist to notify at least one parent before performing an abortion on a minor girl from another state.
Kaine took his most extreme pro-abortion action yet with his recent co-sponsorship of the so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act” (S.217), known to pro-lifers as the “Abortion Without Limits Until Birth Act.” This bill would nullify nearly all existing state and federal limitations on regulation of abortion, and prohibit states from enacting meaningful pro-life laws in the future. This revamped version of the long-stalled “Freedom of Choice Act” is a priority of the pro-abortion forces in Washington, D.C.
He also has refused to say whether he would vote to force taxpayers to fund abortions, something that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party support.
Some Catholic leaders have admonished Kaine for his pro-abortion stance and refused to serve him communion.