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Dem Rep. Delaney Struggles to Explain His Pro-Choice Views

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By    |   Friday, 15 December 2017 01:38 PM

A Maryland Democrat running for president in the 2020 election had a hard time defending his pro-choice views in the face of his Catholic faith during an interview Friday morning.

Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and was asked how he, who along with his wife are "active Catholics," can be in favor of abortion if his faith teaches that the practice is illegal.

"Personally, my wife and I would follow the teachings of our church. We're active Catholics," Delaney said. "So the decision I make personally is different than the decision that I think I should be implying for the citizens of this county."

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan then pressed Delaney for more information, asking if he favors a ban on late-term abortions. Delaney responded by trying to deflect and pivot to another topic.

"It all depends on how you define it, right, the science is moving," he said. "As it relates to your first question, I do think of myself as a different kind of Democrat."

Delaney then began speaking about his support of economic growth through capitalism and having the government work more with the private sector to get things done.

The conversation about abortion, however, was not finished. Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner spoke up and said he is also a Catholic from Maryland.

"The Catholic Church, in the catechism, in papal documents, says clearly that abortion should be illegal, and that is a clear teaching of the Catholic Church," Carney said. "Do you agree with that?"

Delaney replied, "So listen, I love my church, and I support my church, which doesn't mean I agree with every specific doctrine of my church," Delaney said. "My church has evolved across time just as all religions have."

Carney interjected by saying, "You're rejecting the Catholic Church's teaching on the legality of abortion."

"Listen. I respect the law of the land of the United States of America and support women's reproductive freedom, so that does, in fact, conflict with some of the things my church advocates for as it relates to the law of the land," Delaney said." So yeah, I have a conflict with them on that."

The Vatican's position on abortion is that it should be illegal, as spelled out in a lengthy declaration in 1974. 

"The first right of the human person is his life. He has other goods and some are more precious, but this one is fundamental — the condition of all the others. Hence it must be protected above all others," the declaration reads.

"It does not belong to society, nor does it belong to public authority in any form to recognize this right for some and not for others: all discrimination is evil, whether it be founded on race, sex, color or religion. It is not recognition by another that constitutes this right. This right is antecedent to its recognition; it demands recognition and it is strictly unjust to refuse it."

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