In a Sunday interview, CNN anchor Dana Bash challenged Democratic Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan—who is running for the vacant Senate seat in his state—on the issue of when to ban abortion.
With Roe v. Wade being overturned, abortion has become a crucial political issue for voters in the approaching midterm elections. As he often attacks his Republican opponent, author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” J.D. Vance, for his position on the subject, Bash questioned the Democratic congressman about what stage of pregnancy he favors limitations and bans on abortion.
Late-term abortions shouldn’t be performed, according to Ryan, unless there is a medical reason.
“Of course, we don’t support abortion at the end of term, unless, of course, there is an unusual scenario, where, you know, you’re eight months into a pregnancy and something extremely awful is occurring in that pregnancy where you have a room, you’ve purchased toys, you’ve got clothes for the baby, everyone’s thrilled, and then something tragic occurs,” the statement said. “The doctor should make that decision, not Ted Cruz, J.D. Vance, or anybody else. That issue is quite bad.”
However, Bash noted that lawmakers need to have some concept of their career goals outside of medicine. Should there be any limitations on the application of the law of the land, then?
Ryan emphasized that because a lawmaker cannot decide in every situation, the choice must be made by the lady and her medical practitioner.
Bash said, “But it seems like you’re saying no constraints.”
“Well, I believe that towards the end, no one is in favor of abortion. Absolutely nobody supports it, and it seldom occurs, said Ryan. But the question we’re asking is: Will we protect the woman’s right to ultimately decide to save her own life? Come on, should the government even be present there? That seems extremely anti-American, and the extreme viewpoint is similar to J.D. Vance’s, where there are no exceptions and if you’re raped, you have to bear the rapist’s child. Additionally, we see young victims of rape who must go to other states. That is insane.”
Ryan said that Roe v. Wade has been effective for the last 50 years and charged fanatics with trying to change the law.
After a doctor discovers a baby heartbeat, which normally happens around the sixth week of pregnancy, Ohio has prohibited abortion since 2019. The legislation makes an exemption for a “medical emergency” or a substantial danger of bodily harm, but it makes no exception for rape or incest.
Vance said in July that he agreed with the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe v. Wade and that abortion regulations should be left to the discretion of the individual states. Additionally, he endorsed the Ohio fetal heartbeat statute.