Tim Kaine on Abortion

Looks like that arrow in Clinton’s logo is pointed right for a reason:

Q: When you first ran as Lieutenant Governor, you were classified as a pro-life Democrat. You’re now not considered a pro-life Democrat. How would you describe your abortion position?

KAINE: People use labels all the time. But I’m kind of a traditional Catholic. I don’t like it personally. I’m opposed to abortion. And personally I’m opposed to the death penalty. I deeply believe, and not just as a matter of politics, but even as a matter of morality, that matters about reproduction and intimacy and relationships and contraception are in the personal realm. They’re moral decisions for individuals to make for themselves. And the last thing we need is government intruding into those personal decisions. So I’ve taken a position which is quite common among Catholics. I’ve got a personal feeling about abortion, but the right role for government is to let women make their own decisions.

This isn’t a horrible answer because it still allows for a woman to have control over her body. If I have any quibble with anything in that statement it would be this: “I don’t like it personally. I’m opposed to abortion.”
Nobody actually likes abortions. It’s not like women are getting knocked up so they can experience the joys of an abortion. And it’s pretty easy to say you’re opposed to abortion when you don’t have a uterus. But whatever.

I have a faith-based opposition to abortion. As governor, I will work in good faith to reduce abortions by:

Enforcing the current Virginia restrictions on abortion and passing an enforceable ban on partial birth abortion that protects the life and health of the mother;
Fighting teen pregnancy through abstinence-focused education;
Ensuring women’s access to health care (including legal contraception) and economic opportunity; and
Promoting adoption as an alternative for women facing unwanted pregnancies.

Bans on partial birth abortions and abstinence-focused education. Well, fuck.