Vice President Biden addressed his Catholic faith, and his pro-choice position on abortion, at the vice presidential debate Thursday night.
"My religion defines who I am, and I've been a practicing Catholic my whole life. It is particularly informed my social doctrine — Catholic social doctrine talks about taking taking care of those who can't for themselves, people who need help. With regard to abortion, I accept my church's position on abortion as what we call a de fide doctrine — life begins at conception. That's the church's judgment.
"I accept that in my personal life, but I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians, Muslims, and Jews. I refuse to impose that on others up like my friend here, the Congressman. I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people, women, that they can't control their body. It's a decision between them and their doctor."