#VPDebate and Abortion: A Matter of Life and Death

#VPDebate and Abortion: A Matter of Life and Death

#VPDebate and Abortion: A Matter of Life and Death

I was sitting in traffic with my son when the first segment of last night’s debate came on. By the time we came home, ate some dinner I was sick and tired of Tim Kaine and his seeming inability to let Mike Pence finish a sentence without interrupting and throwing in something about Putin or tax evasion. I was so close to turning off the TV altogether until I heard this:

There is a great line from the gospel. When Donald Trump says women should be punished, that Mexicans are rapists and criminals, he is showing you who he is.-Senator Tim Kaine

Uhhh…what?!

Yes, it happened. The debate went on:

Having a struggle in my faith life was that the Catholic Church is against the death penalty and so am I. But I was the governor of the state, and the state says there was a death penalty. So, I had to grapple with that when I was running for governor and I was attacked pretty strongly because of my position. But, I looked the voters of Virginia in the eye, and said, I am not going to change my religious practice to get one vote, but I will uphold the law.-Senator Tim Kaine

To which, Governor Mike Pence Responded. Beautifully, I might add:

And, with regard to when I struggled, I appreciate and I have a great deal of respect for Senator Kaine’s sincere faith. That is shared. But for me, I would tell you for the sanctity of life proceeds out of that ancient principle of God. I tried to stand for the ancient principle of the sanctity of life. I am also very pleased that Indiana became the most-adoption state. But what I can’t understand is Hillary Clinton — how she can support a process like partial-birth abortion.

I know you hold pro-life views personally. At the very idea that a child almost born into the world could still have their life taken from them, I cannot in conscience [understand] a party that supports that. I know you have historically opposed taxpayer funding for abortion, but Hillary Clinton wants to repeal the long-standing provision when we said we would not use taxpayer dollars to fund abortion. For me, my faith informs my life. For me, it all begins with cherishing the dignity, the worth, the value of all human life.

While Kaine’s position on abortion could be construed as somewhat wishy-washy, Cecile Richards went on-record to back him a few months ago, stating his position’s have “evolved”:

Evolved. Like how, exactly? Like when Hillary Clinton said constitutional rights do not apply to an “unborn person” or “child”? Or how about back in 2003 on the Senate floor, where she argued that moving to ban partial-birth abortion would “move America toward a Romanian or Chinese-style police state.” Evolved in the sense of opposing such measures would “criminalize a medical procedure”?

Sure, Senator Kaine’s positions may have evolved…or should we say, devolved judging from the company he has been keeping, especially as of late. Will they indeed be, “Stronger Together”? Kaine, as a Catholic, has a hard time with the death penalty but is perfectly fine with supporting Clinton’s progressive views on offing innocent babies? All this time, Clinton’s position of life inside of the womb has revolved around not placing liberal legacy and legislation in the trash but small children are okay to be dumped in that pile. (Unless, of course, they have organs to be harvested and then she calls in Cecile Richards.) As a mother of a child that I fought tooth-and-nail to keep and delivered at 33 weeks on my deathbed, I knew I wanted to protect that beating heart the very moment I heard it on my first ultrasound. So I will just ask this and just leave it here for now…when it all boils down as Americans, aren’t we about cherishing the dignity, the worth, the value of a human life?

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  • GWB says:

    as Americans, aren’t we about cherishing the dignity, the worth, the value of a human life?

    We damned well should be.

    The Roman Catholic church has been missing the point for years on the distinction between the death penalty and abortion. The death penalty exists precisely because you value human life. To value them all indiscriminately does NOT honor God – as a matter of fact it violates his directives.

  • Lisa Carr says:

    Amen, GWB! But (GASP)! You’re discriminating against that guy on death row who raped and murdered young children with no remorse. How could you?! They have rights, too! (Sarcasm).

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