Throughout the 2022 election cycle, Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) has refused to answer questions regarding whether there should be restrictions placed on abortions.
This summer Ryan was asked multiple times in an interview if there should be any restrictions on abortions, but he refused to answer the question. Ryan’s shift to the Left on life stands in sharp contrast to his record while in office.
At one time Ryan was an outspoken pro-life member of Congress. In 2009 frequently discussed his pro-life standpoint that included his support of pro-life legislation.
“I am a pro-life member of Congress. I have voted in favor of parental notification laws, for the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, against abortion in federally funded military medical facilities, for the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, against partial-birth abortion, and against human cloning. Healthcare reform should prohibit public funds from paying for abortions,” Ryan said at the time.
Since those statements, however, Ryan’s rhetoric changed substantially to be more in line with the pro-abortion elements of the far Left. He supports unlimited, taxpayer-funded abortions up until the moment of birth. He also voted in support of taxpayer-funded abortions three times. In addition, he voted to allow for taxpayer funding of organizations that promote coercive abortions and involuntary sterilizations. Ryan has voted for the Women’s Health Protection Act, allowing abortions until the moment of birth without limits, and to kill both the Hyde and Helms Amendments, which prohibit U.S. federal aid from funding abortions both internationally and nationally.
“Each and every American deserves the right to deal with these difficult situations in consultation with their families, close friends, or religious advisors. No federal or state law banning abortion can honestly and fairly take into account the various circumstances that make each decision unique,” Ryan said.
“It is more important than ever that we have a proudly and unapologetically pro-choice majority in the U.S. Senate, which is why we are excited to endorse Tim Ryan,” Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said.
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Hannah Poling is a lead reporter at The Ohio Star and The Star News Network. Follow Hannah on Twitter @HannahPoling1. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Tim Ryan” by Congressman Tim Ryan. Background Photo “Pregnant Woman” by Mengliu Di.