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Kaine Statement On Vote Against Federal Abortion Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today after voting against a 20-week federal abortion ban:

“The Republicans attempted to use the forthcoming Papal visit to force a vote on a 20-week federal abortion ban that has already been struck down by numerous federal courts as unconstitutional. Because it violates the 14th Amendment and 40 years of Supreme Court precedent, I voted against it. Nothing in my Catholic faith suggests that I should support legislation that violates the Constitution. In fact, I take an oath as a Senator to support the Constitution, ‘so help me God.’ Instead of using the Papal visit as just another political opportunity, I encourage my Republican colleagues to do what I and my Democratic colleagues plan to do this week. Truly listen to him.”