July 27, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine renounced his opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions before gaining a spot as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick, according to the Clinton campaign.
Until three weeks ago, Kaine publicly supported the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal funds for abortions. But according to Jesse Ferguson, a spokesperson for the Clinton campaign, Kaine “privately” committed to Clinton to stand with her on repealing the 40-year-old law.
On July 6, Kaine told The Weekly Standard that he has “traditionally been a supporter of the Hyde amendment.”
When Kaine ran for governor of Virginia in 2005, Kaine supported no taxpayer funding of abortions, a ban on partial-birth abortion, and parental consent for minors undergoing abortions.
After the announcement that Kaine, a Catholic who labels himself “personally pro-life” while supporting abortion, is the Democratic vice presidential candidate, the Clinton campaign was quick to tout his views on abortion as far left.
On CNN, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook played up Kaine’s 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood when he was in the senate and the commitment Kaine apparently made to Clinton to support the repeal of the Hyde Amendment.
As a senator, Kaine co-sponsored the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill to undermine pro-life laws across the country. He also used Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the United States to criticize Republicans for trying to pass a pro-life bill.