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Tim Kaine votes pro-choice so stop freaking out

I’ve seen lots of chatter on Twitter that Hillary Clinton has picked an anti-choice VP in Tim Kaine. Much of this concern seems to have stemmed from his being a Catholic and statements that he has a “faith-based opposition” to abortion. However, Kaine has also stated that he “strongly” supports “the right of women to make their own health and reproductive decisions.”

People can be personally against the idea of something, but also believe that they shouldn’t impose their religious ideals on others. That is, in fact, the hallmark of a good politician. It might surprise many people to learn that I would probably not have an abortion. Even when I was doing abortions I wouldn’t have had one myself.  However, my personal choices have nothing to do with what constitutes good medicine for other women.

The men who trained me in abortion techniques were all religious in some capacity. They never talked about their religion directly, but you heard mention of Easter services or Rosh Hashanah. They also never told me about their personal beliefs on abortion, but it was pretty clear they felt within the confines of their relationship their opinion wasn’t the one that mattered.

I want a politician who can put their personal beliefs and biases aside and realize that it’s not about them it’s about facts and what is good for the people. Tim Kaine’s record clearly shows his personal beliefs do not impact how he votes on abortion. He has a 100% rating from NARAL and Planned Parenthood Action Fund and a 0% from National Right to Life Committee.

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I present Mike Pence’s mirror image ratings.

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The thee things that bother me about Tim Kaine are his support of parental notification laws, “partial birth abortion” bans (that’s a fake medical term so those are air quotes), and “informed consent” laws. I don’t know if that part of his record is based in a misunderstanding of facts or that politics is very tricky and a lot of politicians have a hard time with this fake partial birth abortion notification. The GOP have used abortion so effectively as a political weapon that saying anything about the absurdity of “partial birth abortions” makes it sound like one eats “baby parts” for breakfast. I welcome the opportunity to educate any politician on how to effectively take apart questions from reporters on “partial-birth abortions.” In fact, maybe I’ll put up a video this week so people can just see how it’s done in three or four easy steps. If you know the science and the facts it’s not hard to shut the questions down.

However, if the time comes where I have to educate Tim Kaine on “partial birth abortions,” parental notification, and the fact that doctors provide informed consent so politicians don’t need to worry about that I think it will be okay, because it sounds like he knows he’s not a doctor and he’s willing to listen to facts.

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Tim Kaine votes pro-choice so stop freaking out

  1. Reblogged this on things I've read or intend to.

    Posted by donesoverydone | July 24, 2016, 11:42 am
  2. I’m going to guess Kaine’s support of the informed consent law and the partial birth abortion nonsense is to appease the less intelligent of his constituents. It IS Virginia, after all.

    Posted by erin bliss | July 24, 2016, 11:59 am
  3. I personally would probably never have an abortion, yet I work for Planned Parenthood and judge no other woman’s choices. There are nuances in life.

    Posted by Cordtx | July 24, 2016, 8:27 pm
  4. Yes, please!

    “I welcome the opportunity to educate any politician on how to effectively take apart questions from reporters on ‘partial-birth abortions.’ In fact, maybe I’ll put up a video this week so people can just see how it’s done in three or four easy steps.”

    Posted by bri65 | July 25, 2016, 12:23 am
  5. ‘The men who trained me in abortion techniques were all religious in some capacity. They never talked about their religion directly, but you heard mention of Easter services or Rosh Hashanah. They also never told me about their personal beliefs on abortion, but it was pretty clear they felt within the confines of their relationship their opinion wasn’t the one that mattered.’

    Thank you for summing it up so succinctly in that paragraph – Their opinion wasn’t the one that mattered. Definitely how I feel about abortion; how dare I stand in judgement, when I am not in the requester’s shoes.

    Posted by charliesbird | July 25, 2016, 2:05 am
  6. As a catholic I find several of our Supreme Court justices unable to distinguish religious policies from the Constitution of our country. Unfortunately many of the electorate suffer from the same deficiency. These voters then proceed in many instances to be one issue voters. If you want to believe that abortion, partial birth or otherwise is a sin, so be it. Our constitution does not address sins, but it does address individual rights. Senator Kaine, a Catholic, believes in our Constitution. Thanks for the welcome article and explanation.

    Posted by Phil's Personal Perspectives | July 30, 2016, 8:46 am
  7. I’d like to see the science on partial birth abortions too, please.

    Posted by Star Lady | August 9, 2016, 1:36 pm

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