“My religion defines who I am, and I’ve been a practicing Catholic my whole life. [...] With regard to abortion, I accept my church’s position on abortion as what we call a [de fede] doctrine. Life begins at conception in the church’s judgment. I accept it in my personal life. But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews, and I just refuse to impose that on others. [...] I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that women can’t control their body.”
Vice President Joe Biden, speaking during a debate with Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), on how his faith affects his position on different issues including abortion.
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Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin listens as Vice President Joe Biden makes a point during the vice presidential debate at Centre College on Oct. 11, 2012.