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Published On: Thu, Oct 6th, 2016

Mike Pence calls out late-term abortion support by Democrats, Tim Kaine defends hypocrisy on abortion, death penalty

The 2016 election offers Americans “a choice, and it is a choice on life,” Indiana Governor Mike Pence said at the first, and only, vice presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, defending the accusation from Democratic Senator Tim Kaine that he wants to put Roe v Wade “on the ash heap of history.”

“I would tell you that for me the sanctity of life proceeds out of the belief that — that ancient principle that — where God says before you were formed in the womb, I knew you, and so for my first time in public life, I sought to stand with great compassion for the sanctity of life,” Pence explained.

“The state of Indiana has also sought to make sure that we expand alternatives in health care counseling for women, non-abortion alternatives. I’m also very pleased at the fact we’re well on our way in Indiana to becoming the most pro-adoption state in America. I think if you’re going to be pro-life, you should — you should be pro- adoption…

“But what I can’t understand is with Hillary Clinton and now Senator Kaine at her side is to support a practice like partial-birth abortion. I mean, to hold to the view — and I know Senator Kaine, you hold pro-life views personally — but the very idea that a child that is almost born into the world could still have their life taken from them is just anathema to me.”

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Mike Pence photo/donkeyhotey

Pence added that “…Hillary Clinton wants to — wants to repeal the longstanding provision in the law where we said we wouldn’t use taxpayer dollars to fund abortion. So for me, my faith informs my life. I try and spend a little time on my knees every day. But it all for me begins with cherishing the dignity, the worth, the value of every human life.”

From Tim Kaine’s response: “…So let’s talk about abortion and choice. Let’s talk about them. We support Roe v. Wade. We support the constitutional right of American women to consult their own conscience, their own supportive partner, their own minister, but then make their own decision about pregnancy. That’s something we trust American women to do that.

“And we don’t think that women should be punished, as Donald Trump said they should, for making the decision to have an abortion.

“Governor Pence wants to repeal Roe v. Wade. He said he wants to put it on the ash heap of history.And we have some young people in the audience who weren’t even born when Roe was decided. This is pretty important. Before Roe v. Wade, states could pass criminal laws to do just that, to punish women if they made the choice to terminate a pregnancy.”

“I know you’ve historically opposed taxpayer funding of abortion,” Pence continued, highlighing Kaine’s shifting position on the Hyde amendment. “But Hillary Clinton wants to repeal the longstanding provision in the law where we said we wouldn’t use taxpayer dollars to fund abortion.”

“My faith informs my life,” Pence said contrasting himself with Kaine, who just said a candidate should distinguish between his personal views and public voting record. “For me, begins with cherishing the dignity, the worth, the value of every human life.”

Full transcript of this exchange on subsequent page(s)

 

 

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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