Oregon Woman Confirms Congressional Candidate Erickson Paid for Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 23, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Oregon Woman Confirms Congressional Candidate Erickson Paid for Abortion

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 23
, 2008

Portland, OR (LifeNews.com) — An Oregon woman is speaking out and has confirmed scandalous allegations that 5th District congressional candidate Mike Erickson paid for her abortion. The 34-year-old woman known only as Tawnya told the Oregonian newspaper that Erickson took her to the abortion center.

The allegations surfaced in May before the primary election but Erickson defeated longtime pro-life advocate and elected official Kevin Mannix despite request from Oregon Right to Life that he drop out of the race.

Mannix sent a letter to thousands of residents of the district with the allegations that Erickson both paid for and pressured a former partner to have an abortion.

Erickson denied the allegations and said he gave the woman $300 for medical expenses and a ride to a health clinic but said he never knew she was pregnant nor that she was having an abortion.

The Oregonian talked with Tawnya and she said Erickson knew she was pregnant and that he knew he was taking her to an abortion center. She told the newspaper she asked him if he wanted her to keep the baby and he said no.

"I was bawling so hard I couldn’t speak. He looked so sad. He looked like he cared," she said.

"I asked him, ‘Are you sure you don’t want a baby?’ " she added. "He shook his head. I opened the door, got out bawling and crossed the street and walked up to the clinic."

The newspaper said accounts from other people and medical records confirm the abortion story.

Still, Erickson told the paper "Did I pay for an abortion? Absolutely not."

"She was having some financial troubles," he said. "She asked for some money to go have a doctor’s appointment — not knowing what that was — and whatever happened, happened, I guess. I didn’t even know she had an abortion."

The newspaper indicated Tawnya requested her medical records from the Bours Health Center in Portland, which showed she paid for an abortion at $300 done on Jan. 30, 2001.

In a statement Oregon Right to Life sent LifeNews.com previously, the group said Erickson has “betrayed the trust of his former girlfriend, prominent political organizations and every Republican voter in the 5th Congressional District.”

Gayle Atteberry told LifeNews.com that she was aware of the allegations two years ago when Erickson approached her group seeking an endorsement in a previous election.

“However, as the Election Day drew near, we heard from Tawnya, a young woman who claimed to be the mother of Mike’s child, one she ultimately aborted with Mike’s aid and money. We talked personally with Tawnya. She is very credible and remains, to this day, devastated over the events,” Atteberry said.

“When we approached Mike about these allegations, he admitted giving her money and dropping her at a ‘doctor’s office,’” Atteberry added. “He said he did not know she was getting an abortion.”

“Now, less than two years later, Mike Erickson issues a flat denial about everything, even the parts he openly admitted in our presence,” the pro-life advocate said.

“Erickson has become so tainted by his actions that it is now impossible for him to win this Fall. Many Republicans will not vote for him and Democrats will take advantage of the media’s coverage of Mike’s character flaws. Honestly, Mike should withdraw from the race,” Atteberry concluded.

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