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Pro-life group ousts Ryan from its advisory board

Published: Mon, July 13, 2009 @ 4:50 p.m.

Upset by what is sees as U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan abandoning his pro-life position, Democrats For Life of America removed the congressman from its national advisory board.

“DFLA gave Congressman Ryan ample opportunities to prove he’s committed to protecting life, but he has turned his back on the community at every turn,” said Kristen Day, the Washington, D.C.-based pro-life organization’s executive director.

Ryan of Niles, D-17th, insists he’s still a strong pro-life advocate, but grew frustrated with Democrats For Life of America and other pro-life groups that refuse to accept contraceptives as an option to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

“We’re working in Congress with groups that agree with preventative options while [the DFLA] is getting left behind,” Ryan said. “I can’t figure out for the life of me how to stop pregnancies without contraception. Don’t be mad at me for wanting to solve the problem.”

Ryan said he tried to convince officials with Democrats For Life of America, which he referred to today as a “fringe group,” that the use of contraception is needed as part of any plan to reduce unintended pregnancies but that failed.

“They asked me to leave; I got booted,” said Ryan, who was on the group’s national advisory board for about four years.

Day and Mike Gonidakis, executive director of Ohio Right to Life, say Ryan’s pro-life position softened after he was first elected in 2002. Ryan disagrees.

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1planforthebest(53 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

If he didn't agree with the group's principals, then what choice did they have but to ask him to leave the board. Unless everyone on the board is going in the same direction, they will go no where.

Perhaps there is a group that is more in line with Tim's point of view that will ask him to be on their board.

It wasn't right for him to call them a fringe group, though, just because they don't agree on everything. Name calling never serves any good purpose and it makes him look judgmental.

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2Democrat4life(2 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

I agree. It sounds like sour grapes. He served on the Board, gets kicked off and now refers to them as fringe. There paths diverged.

Congressman Ryan should confess the truth to the people who voted for him. He recently voted for public funding for abortion for DC residents, advocated against conscience protections for health care works, supported embyonic stem cell research and had a 100 percent pro-choice voting record with the largest pro-abortion organization - NARAL - in 2008. I don't call that pro-life.

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3Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

ProChoice the only way to go

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4Democrat4life(2 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

That is what Ryan did - go pro-choice.

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5buonerbajr(1 comment)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

“I can’t figure out for the life of me how to stop pregnancies without contraception."

Rep. Ryan's lack of imagination and knowledge of basic biology is stunning. Par for the course among our elected leaders, I'm afraid.

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