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Bishop blasts bill Ryan backs on pregnancy

Published: Tue, August 4, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN —Bishop George Murry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has voiced his opposition to legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, d-17th. The bill is called Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act (H.R. 3312).

In a statement released by the diocese, the bishop said, “This act is based on the mistaken belief that greater access to contraception reduces abortions.” In addition, some contraceptives might induce abortion, he said. “Bishop Murry encouraged support for another bill before Congress, the Pregnant Women Support Act (S. 1032, H.R. 2035), which makes adoption tax credits permanent, provides grants for ultrasound equipment, increases funding for domestic violence prevention programs, and ends discriminatory practices against women in the health insurance industry.

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1valleyred(1103 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

God Bless Bishop Murray for standing up Congressmen Ryan. Ryan could use a few lessons on Catholicism, because he is a pretty sad example of a Catholic in my eyes for his position on abortion...

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2Ytownboy(142 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

The Bishop should realize that the Vatican is out of touch with most of their own patrons. America's Catholics are mostly lapsed Catholics that don't listen to the more mindless drive that comes from Rome: No birth control, no premarital sex, no family planning, no condoms etc.

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3sue(178 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

This is the same Tim Ryan who voted FOR "cap and trade" which is bad for industry and will cause higher electricity rates. Ryan does whatever Pelosi tells him to do.

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4epicfail(217 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Amen sister Jenny!

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5UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Freedom of Choice is the law of the land - Bishop Murray needs to deal with his pedophile priests instead.

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6CommonSenseGuy(37 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Tim Ryan should focus on proven ways to reduce abortion and unintended pregnancies, like those outlined in the Pregnant Women Support Act. Birth control has such high failure rates among teens (1 in 6), it's no wonder that there are 1.2 million abortions a year as well as 1 in 4 teen girls with STDs. Abstinence in the ONLY way for teens to prevent unintended pregnancies and STD's. This isn't just the Vatican, it's common sense. God bless Bishop Murry for pointing out the faulty logic in Ryan's bill.

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7Catherine(8 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Since 1980, taxpayers have been shelling out over $1 billion (that's billion with a B) per year for “family planning services" to businesses like Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of contraception and abortion in the U.S. So who is supporting Rep. Ryan's bill? Why, it's Planned Parenthood! Hmmm.

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago



With abortion running rampant and security issues with immigrants that are deemed necessary to fill our depleted labor pool hypocrisy is the word. Why not just have our own home grown labor pool?

The problems that our nation has isn't because of Catholic meddling. The American family unit is being redefined by those who don't constitute a family. Christian values are being undermined and then Christians are being vilified. Morality is being redefined but it is then not even a good imitation. We as a nation are being disintegrated slowly but surely. It is time to stop the momentum of disaster.

BTW, if the intent was to stop abortions they would shut down the abortion clinics. Today abortion is big business generating billions of dollars at the expense of the most innocent.

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9TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

I wonder what taxes could have been collected from those exempt bingo nights all over America...

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10Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago


Are abortions taxed?

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11TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

I have no idea.

It's nice to know your morals are right and everyone else's are wrong. We should have dinner sometime so you can tell me how inferior I am.


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12taad(2 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

God bless Bishop Murray for speaking out forcefully on this issue. We need to hear more of this.

Planned Parenthood should not be getting millions of dollars to give out drugs that cause breast cancer and that do not always prevent anything. And then they turn around and charge you to murder your unborn child when the pill fails.

Planned Parenthood is also racist. It accepts money to target black babies for abortion. Their founder, Margret Sanger was a racist who said certain people should not be permitted to have children. Most abortions are black babies. Why??

Tim Ryan wants to give our tax money to a racist organization.

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13Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago


If abortion was taxed we would have wiped out the deficit along with wiping out a whole generation.

Why should I tell you that you are inferior? If you are doing something wrong then you already know it.

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14TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Please make me a list of proper morals and conduct Stan. I need to know.

If churches paid taxes, I'd imagine the income would far outweigh the money made off abortions.

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15northsideperson(366 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Actually, if churches were taxed, some number of them would cease to exist.

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16JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Tony D'Annunzio: Another Rob Roy, Bishop?
Bishop: You never ask a Navy man if he'll have another drink, because it's nobody's godda*ned business how much he's had already.
Judge Smails: Wrong, you're drinking too much your Excellency.
Bishop: Excellency, fiddlesticks, my name's Fred and I'm just a man, same as you.
Judge Smails: You're not a man, you're a bishop, for God's sakes.
Bishop: There is no God...

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17cambridge(3920 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

......and I'll have some of those naked lady tee's.

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18Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago


"I'm NOT Catholic and proud and would greatly appreciate you quit trying to force YOUR morality upon me."

So think of nothing but molesting children?

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19taad(2 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

They have several taped calls recently where Planned Parenthood accepted donations directed toward to aborting black children.

Even some of Hitlers men came over to the States prior to WWII to talk with Sanger. They got their ideas of a super race from her. It is easy to prove that Sanger was in favor of only certain races and classes of people being permitted to have children.

Why are the majority of abortions black children, when they make up only 12% of the US Population? There are ONE THIRD less black people alive because of abortion. Why???

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20steelerman09(111 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

I survived Roe v. Wade.....and everyone who is alive can say the same!

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21hellsbells(116 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Look around at Mass at the women of childbearing age with 2 children. They are using contraception. If the Bishop really wants to push them out to other denominations, the Catholic Church will eventually end up like the Shakers.

There is absolutely no proof that Black women have the most abortions, because there is no required reporting of abortions. Black families have always been more willing to accept children within their extended families, with grandparents and other relatives pitching in. Think about it: minority population is rising, white population is falling.

The last study on demographics in abortion is two decades old. At that time, Catholic women were among those most likely to get abortions (probably because they were shamed by unintended pregnancy within their communities, and because they knew less about how to prevent pregnancy.

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22TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

how dare you demand proof in the comments section! this is place for bigotry and ignorance!

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23dmets(575 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

What i don't get is why a woman's personal right is the decision of the gov't or the church! Woman should be given the right to choose what to do. Nobody knows each womans circumstances, but will judge them! They are the ones who have to live with their decision for the rest of their lives! NOT YOU! I myself would NEVER have an abortion! But that is my own decision! For women who get pregnant and didn't want to, I would hope they would consider all options including adoption first! Making abortion their last option!

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24hellsbells(116 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

What's more demets, it seems more and more likely to me that those who push the Church's views into the political arena will NOT be satisfied in reducing or even outlawing abortion.

They continue to advocate against even contraception. I do not believe that our citizens are willing to take that step back.

Also, posters like taad, who make wild unsubstantiated claims against Planned Parenthood hurt their cause more than help it. I have to believe that people who attend Church have some ethics.

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25stoutmaster(29 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

We are a free country with many rights. Where you have rights, you have responsibility. You have a right to premarital sex, but you have a responsibility if you get pregnant. If you choose to have an abortion (that is your right), you should pay the full price of that abortion. Those who believe in the right to life should not foot the bill for those who don't. Remember one billion of our money (taxes) has been spent to help foot the bill for those who do not want to take on the responsibility for getting pregnant.

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26bigeazy(16 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

these are the same people that voted for bush because he was against abortion....oh wait abortion is still here and will never be ended...To vote for a candidate because he is for or against abortion is pointless...

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27andersonathan(682 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Just about anything that comes around with the Ryan label on it should be criticized.

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28hellsbells(116 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Okay, Stoutmaster, remember, Federal funds still cannot be used for abortion. This bill is about informing people about being responsible in preventing pregnancy. THAT is what the Bishop and posters against the Bill are opposing.

Yep. They are against abortion. They are also against pregnancy prevention. God love 'em, they have their own logic.

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