Thursday, July 23, 2009

Lies about Democrats for Life and Tim Ryan's Voting Record

A Planned Parenthood bailout bill by Reps. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is being rolled out today and already two falsehoods are emerging consistently in press reports.

The first is the claim that Rep. Tim Ryan was booted from the advisory board at Democrats for Life of America because he supports funding contraception. That is false and Democrats for Life explained their position on contraception on their website yesterday:
DFLA does not take a position on contraception. Despite rumors to the contrary, we do not oppose contraception. We believe that preventing pregnancy is an important part of reducing the abortion rate in America. There are several ways to address prevention, but there is no clear consensus because of ethical, religious or personal reasons.

We are focused on helping pregnant women carry their pregnancies to term and making sure that families have affordable health care, a living wage and the means to support their children during the pregnancy and beyond. The Pregnant Women Support Act, introduced by Congressman Lincoln Davis (D-TN) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) will support these goals.

Ryan's $700 million Planned Parenthood bailout euphemistically titled, "Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act", has been introduced in Congress twice before and he was not booted out of Democrats for Life because of his fondness for contraception. In fact, even from his earliest days with DFLA, Ryan has been forthright about his support for contraception and that has not landed him in the doghouse with DFLA.

The real reason Rep. Ryan was booted from DFLA is related to the second false claim in reports about today's unveiling of the Planned Parenthood bailout bill. Most news outlets are claiming that Rep. Ryan is prolife, with some of the more honest outlets saying he "describes himself as prolife".

Rep. Tim Ryan is not prolife. In the current and last sessions of Congress Tim Ryan had the exact same voting score from National Right to Life as Rosa DeLauro - 0. While once prolife, Ryan's record is now as extreme on abortion as Rep. DeLauro and Senator Barbara Boxer - supporting even taxpayer funding of abortion in DC.

His voting record on life is the reason he was removed from his position at DFLA as was clearly stated by DFLA President Kristen Day last week.

The lie that Tim Ryan is prolife is very convenient for the true backers of the "Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act". Planned Parenthood and NARAL can say the bill represents "common ground". But claiming the bill is "common ground" and that Ryan is prolife are both lies.