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Why Tim Kaine can oppose abortion and still run with Hillary Clinton


Why Tim Kaine can oppose abortion and still run with Hillary Clinton
Washington Post

Eleven years ago, as he ran for governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine made clear his stance on abortion: âI have a faith-based opposition,â he wrote on his campaignâs website. âI will work in good faith to reduce abortions.â Kaine went on to laud adoption as the best solution to an unwanted pregnancy. He promoted abstinence-only sex education (and later slashed funding to the program, citing research that found it wasnât effective). He authorized the sale of âChoose Lifeâ license plates to fund religious counseling clinics that discouraged abortion. He backed Virginiaâs âinformed consentâ law, which requires women seeking the procedure to undergo medically unnecessary ultrasounds. In short, he was conservative on reproductive issues, by his party's standards. [Why Clinton's pick for vice president might contradict her message on Wall Street] Kaine's past didn't stop Hillary Clinton â who wants to allow federal funding to cover low-income womenâs abortion costs, among other progressive proposals â from naming Kaine her vice-presidential pick.

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