This pretty much sums up what’s wrong with the organized “pro-life” movement, and why Obama’s “common ground plan” can only work if he can spread the message to ordinary Americans instead of working with established anti-choice organizations.
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.
Until anti-abortion groups actually get serious about reducing the need for abortion, it’s impossible to work with them. And until they actually start to put some muscle behind their claim that they want to end abortion, a lot of us are going to go on thinking that their position isn’t about ending abortion at all, but about controlling women’s bodies and female sexuality.
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