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.
I present Mike Pence’s mirror image ratings.
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.