Delaney: 'I don't believe religious doctrine should inform public policy'

Delaney: 'I don't believe religious doctrine should inform public policy'
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Former Maryland Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyMomentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights Poll: Biden is only Dem candidate that beats Trump outside of margin of error 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults MORE (D), a 2020 presidential candidate, said Sunday that religious doctrine should not inform public policy.

“I also believe strongly in the freedom of religion, and I believe strongly in the separation of church and state," Delaney said at CNN town hall in Austin, Texas. "So I don’t believe religious doctrine should inform public policy.” 

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Delaney, who is Catholic, added that he believes faith can inform an individual, but said it should not sway public policy.

"A lot of us get our values from our faith," Delaney said, adding that his “social justice orientation” comes from his Catholic faith “to some extent.”

"But I don't think my church, and my church polices and doctrines, should decide public policy in this country."

CNN host Jake Tapper pressed Delaney on how his Catholic faith informed his opinions on abortion.

"I'm pro-choice," Delaney responded. "And I completely support a woman's decision to make her own reproductive decisions about her own body. I don't struggle with that as a matter of public policy."