Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is trying to clarify comments he made to Pastor Rick Warren about abortion at last month's candidate forum.
Obama told ABC News over the weekend that he should not have answered a question about when human rights begin by saying it was "above his pay grade."
He gave his original answer during a nationally televised religious forum at Warren's Saddleback Church in California August 16.
"All I meant to communicate was that I do not presume to be able to answer these kind of theological questions," the Illinois senator said.
"What I do know is that abortion is a moral issue. It's one that families struggle with all the time and that in wrestling with those issues, I don't think that the government criminalizing the choices that families make is the best answer for reducing abortions," he continued.
Obama's running mate Joe Biden was also asked about abortion over the weekend. He told NBC's "Meet The Press" that he accepts his Catholic church's teaching that life begins at conception.
But Biden said he will not impose his views on others.
"I'm prepared as a matter of faith to accept that life begins at the moment of conception. But that is my judgment," Biden said. "For me to impose that judgment on everyone else who is equally and maybe even more devout than I am seems to me is inappropriate in a pluralistic society."
Sources: The Associated Press, ABC News, NBC News