Watching CNN under its new ownership is becoming interesting as Democrats are now being asked some tough questions in interviews. One interview subject appeared like a deer caught in a car’s headlights while he was interviewed Sunday by Dana Bash.
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) was a guest on Bash’s CNN program “State of the Union.” The congressman, up for reelection in November, was asked about the hot-button topic of abortion. He did not appear prepared to answer such a substantive question on a previously powder-puff platform for Democrats.
The issue is believed to have helped an upstate N.Y. Democrat win a special election because his main talking point in the conservative district was abortion. A recent poll found J.D. Vance leading Ryan by three points among likely voters. When the results are broken down by gender, though, women go for Ryan 49 percent to Vance’s 34 percent.
Ryan has frequently criticized Republican candidate Vance for his abortion views. Bash asked Ryan at what point in a woman’s pregnancy does he support abortion restrictions or bans.
Absent a serious medical condition, late term abortion should not be conducted, Ryan responded to Bash.
“Of course, we don’t support abortion at the end of term, unless, of course, there is an extraordinary circumstance, where, you know, you’re eight months into a pregnancy and something very tragic is happening in that pregnancy where you have a room, you’ve bought toys, you have clothing for the baby, everyone’s excited, and then something tragic happens,” the congressman said. “That needs to be left up to the doctor, not to J.D. Vance, Ted Cruz or anybody else.”
The news anchor countered that legislators such as Ryan have to have some idea about what they want, even though almost no lawmakers are physicians.
“So should there be some restrictions when it comes to the law of the land?” Bash asked him.
Ryan repeated his earlier statement.
“But it sounds like you’re saying no restrictions,” rejoined Bash.
The congressman expressed doubt that anyone supports abortion near the end of a woman’s term, saying it rarely happens.
“But what we’re saying is, are we gonna preserve the woman’s right to choose at the end to save her own life?” Ryan replied. “I mean, come on, like should the government really be in there?”
“That sounds very anti-American and the extreme position is like where J.D. Vance is, where if you’re raped, you are forced to have the rapist’s baby, where there’s no exceptions at all. And we see people who are underage who have to go to other states who have been raped. That’s insanity.”
Ohio is one of the states that have enacted a so-called “heartbeat” abortion law because it bans most abortions after a fetal heart beat is detected. Exceptions exist when there is serious risk of the mother dying or having a major body function substantially impaired.
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