Catholic Bishop of Sponsor of Fake "Common Ground" Abortion Bill Opposes It

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 5, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Catholic Bishop of Sponsor of Fake "Common Ground" Abortion Bill Opposes It

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 5
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — The Catholic bishop of the formerly pro-life congressman who is sponsoring a bill he says is a "common ground" measure on abortion opposes the legislation. Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan has introduced what he calls a pro-life bill that sends more money to the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Persuaded more the effect than the intent of the legislation, Youngstown Bishop George Murry, the leading Catholic official in Ryan’s district, says he opposes the measure.

“This act is based on the mistaken belief that greater access to contraception reduces abortions and, in addition, some contraceptives may have an abortifacient effect,” Bishop Murry said in a statement the Catholic Key blog released.

“Numerous studies as well as life experiences have shown that taxpayer support of contraception does not reduce unintended pregnancies and abortions. For example, a 2006 study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute presents evidence that those States which are aggressive in promoting contraception also have the highest abortion rates," Murry explained.

Murry expressed his support for another bill that, ironically, formerly involved Ryan.

Congressman Ryan was a member of the advisory board of Democrats for Life of America, a pro-life Democrats group, but the organization recently removed him from it.

They did so because Ryan withdrew his support from their pro-life legislation and crafted his own version of it with taxpayer subsidies to Planned Parenthood to promote more contraception. They also did so because Ryan reversed his pro-life position and began voting entirely pro-abortion since 2006.

Murry said pro-life Catholics should support the Pregnant Women Support Act over Ryan’s bill. That measure promotes adoption tax credits, provides grants to pregnancy centers for ultrasound machines, increases domestic violence funding, and protects pregnant women.

“Certainly, this is a common sense approach to helping women in the decision to choose life for their babies,” said Bishop Murry, according to Catholic Key. “I urge Congressman Ryan’s support for this piece of legislation.”

Ryan’s bill has the backing of pro-abortion groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood, but no pro-life organizations have endorsed the measure.

Speaking for many of the pro-life advocates has heard from, Concerned Women for America president Wendy Wright says the bill re-hashes approaches that have been tried, funded, and failed to reduce abortions.

Wright condemns Ryan for calling the bill "a unique approach" inspired by "the spirit of President Barack Obama’s call to find common ground between the pro-choice and pro-life communities."

"The Ryan/DeLauro bill will fund abortion groups and programs such as ‘comprehensive sex-ed’ — which has no evidence of reducing abortions," she said. "No pro-life group with a proven track record backs this bill."

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