Biden, Ryan spar over abortion, religion (VIDEO)

October 11, 2012

The topic of abortion came up toward the end of Thursday night’s vice-presidential debate, as Vice President Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (Wis.) were each asked about their Catholic faith, and how it informs their position on abortion.

Biden, who is for abortion rights, said he accepts his church’s judgment on the issue, but added: “I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here.”

Ryan made clear the Romney/Ryan ticket's position on abortion, saying the "policy of a Romney administration is to oppose abortion with exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother."

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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Sean Sullivan · October 11, 2012