Transcript for Biden, Ryan Questioned on Being Catholic, View on Abortion
I want to move on and I wanna returned home for these last few questions. This debate is indeed historic we have to Catholic candidates. First time on the stage such as this. And I would like to ask you both to tell me what role your religion has played. In your own personal views on abortion. Please talk about how you came to that decision. Talk about how you religion played a part in the and please this is such an emotional issue for so -- -- in this country. Please talk personally about this if you -- There's. I don't see how a person can separate their public life -- their private life or from their faith. Our faith informs us in everything we -- My faith informs me about how to take terrible. About how to make sure that people. Have a chance to. Now. You were asked basically why I'm pro life. It's not simply because of my Catholic faith. That's a factor of course but it's also because of reason and sites. I think about. Ten and a half years ago. My wife -- and I went to mercy hospital in Janesville where I was born. For seven week ultrasound for our first born child. We saw that heartbeat. A little baby was in the shape of -- -- And to this day. We've nickname our first born child Liza beat. Not believe that life begins at conception. That's why -- of the reasons why -- pro life. Now I understand this is a difficult issue and I respect people who don't agree with me on this. The policy of -- Romney administration. Will be to oppose abortion with the exceptions. For rape incest and life of the mother. What troubles me more. Is how this administration has handled all of these issues. Look at what they're doing to Obama care with respect to assaulting the religious liberties of this country. They're infringing upon our first. Freedom. The freedom of religion. By infringing on Catholic Charities Catholic church's Catholic hospitals. Our church about to -- our federal government to maintain their latest religious liberties. And with respect to abortion. The Democratic Party used to say they want to be safe legal and rare now. They support without restriction -- with taxpayer funding taxpayer funding obamacare taxpayer funding with foreign aid. The vice president himself went to China. And so that he sympathize to wouldn't second guess. -- one child policy of forced abortions and sterilizations. -- -- pretty extreme. As president -- My religion -- Defines who I am. I'm -- -- -- my whole life. A home and it is particularly informed my social doctrine Catholic social doctrine talks about taking care of those who. Can't take care themselves. People who need help. Along. With regard to -- with regard to abortion. I accept money. Church's position on abortion say we called they treated after. Life begins at conception that's a church whose judgment I accepted my personal. But I refuse to impose and -- equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews and I just refuse to impose that -- others unlike. My friend here the congress. I I do not believe that. That we have a right to tell other people that women that they can't control their body it's a decision between them and -- doctor. In my view the Supreme Court -- and interfere with that. -- home with regard to the assault on the Catholic Church let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution -- -- other acts including Catholic social services Georgetown hospital mercy any hospital. -- -- -- injury firm cut -- contraception. None has to pay for contraception but none has to be a vehicle to get contraception. In any insurance policy that -- that is a fact. That is a fact now with regard to the way in which -- we differ. My friend says that. He. Well I guess she -- governor Romney's position now because in the past. He's argued that. There is there's rape and forcible rape he's arguing that in the case of rape or incest. It was still it would be a crime to engage -- having an abortion. I just fundamentally disagree. -- All I'm saying is if you believe that life begins at conception. That therefore doesn't change the definition -- -- that's -- principle. The policy of -- administration. Is to oppose abortion with exceptions. For rape. Incest life of the mother now I've got to take issue with the Catholic Church. And religious liberty you have if they if they can be associated -- I would think he -- why would they can actually. It's a distinction without a difference I want to go back to the abortion question here. If the Romney Ryan ticket is elected should those who believe that abortion should remain legal -- We don't think that unelected judges should make this decision. That people through their elected representatives. And reaching a consensus in society for the democratic process should make this determination. The court the next president will get one or two Supreme Court Lebanese. That's how close -- -- wages. Just ask -- With Robert -- -- the chief advisor record for. Four mr. Romney. We think he's likely to import and he's likely to appoint someone. Like Scalia. Someone else on the court far right that would outlaw. Plant there -- outlaw abortion. So I suspect that would happen I guarantee that what happened. We picked two people we -- people open mind. They've been good justices so keep in mind the supreme was -- ministers and there was -- -- -- -- people an open mind. -- not come with --
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