Paul Ryan recalls seeing an ultrasound image of his unborn child.
“We saw that heartbeat… Our little baby was in the shape of a bean,” he says, explaining that to this day the child’s nickname is “Bean.” “I believe that life begins at conception.”
Both Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden are Catholic, and the moderator of their sole campaign debate has asked them to explain how their religion influences their views about abortion, and to talk about it in personal terms.
“My religion defines who I am,” Biden says. “With regard to abortion, I accept my church’s” doctrine that life begins at conception. “But I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the congressman.”
“I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people, women, that they cannot control their body,” Biden says. “I just fundamentally disagree with my friend.”
“If you believe that life begins at conception, that doesn’t change the definition of life,” Ryan says.
If Romney and Ryan are elected, moderator Martha Raddatz asks, should people expect a limitation on abortion?
“We don’t think that unelected judges should make this decision,” Ryan says.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has said he hopes the Supreme Court will reverse its stance on legalized abortion. President Barack Obama, like Biden, supports the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationally.
“The next president will get one or two Supreme Court nominees,” Biden says. “That’s just how close Roe v. Wade is.”,