Protecting Reproductive Health | Congressman Tim Ryan
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Protecting Reproductive Health

There are many factors involved when a woman decides to end a pregnancy, and over the past 14 years in political office, I have gained a deeper understanding of the complexities and emotions that accompany the difficult decisions that women and families make when confronted with these situations. I’ve heard firsthand from women of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds about the circumstances and hardships that accompany this personal choice, which we should not judge. 

I have sat with women from Ohio and across the nation and heard them talk about their varying experiences: abusive relationships, financial hardship, health scares, rape, and incest. There are endless stories about women in troubling situations – the woman who became pregnant and has a violent spouse; the woman who lost her job and is unable to afford another child; or the underage girl who risks being thrown out of her house if she reveals her pregnancy. These are just a few of the many stories I have heard.  Each of these women lived through difficult and personal situations with few options and no clear path to take. This is why there is no easy answer.

These women gave me a better understanding of how complex and difficult certain situations can become. And while there are people of good conscience on both sides of this argument, one thing has become abundantly clear to me: the heavy hand of government must not make this decision for women and families. Each and every American deserves the right to deal with these difficult situations in consultation with their families, close friends, or religious advisors. No federal or state law banning abortion can honestly and fairly take into account the various circumstances that make each decision unique.

Where government does have the ability to play a significant role is in giving women and families the tools they need to prevent unintended pregnancies by expanding education and access to contraception. We must get past the ignorance, fear, and – yes – discrimination against women that lead to restrictions on contraception and age-appropriate sex education.

During my time in Congress, I have authored and supported many proposals to help women prevent unplanned pregnancies, support prevention education, teach teens about values and healthy relationships and ensure access to contraception by increasing funding for family planning programs. I am also a cosponsor the Women’s Health Protection Act and Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act, which would help protect women in response to increasing attacks on access to reproductive health. 

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September 26, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC -- Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) made the following statement today regarding President Donald Trump's announcement that he will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court. Judge Barrett currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

June 26, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) issued the following statement regarding today’s 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in NIFLA v Becerra striking down a California law requiring so- called “crisis pregnancy centers” to provide information about their anti-abortion mission:

October 6, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s move to limit access to women’s birth control by lifting the Obama-era rule requiring healthcare plans cover contraceptives. The Trump Administration issued a new rule today that rolls back an Affordable Care Act requirement that guarantees contraception at no cost. This rule would allow employers to opt out of covering birth control in their health insurance if they have moral or religious objections. 

October 3, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) made the following statement after the House passed 20 week abortion ban legislation.

January 24, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan voted today against legislation that would have made the Hyde Amendment permanent (HR7). The Hyde Amendment is a rule banning the use of federal funds to pay for abortion, and has been regularly attached to Appropriations bills since 1976.

December 13, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) made the following statement after Governor John Kasich signed the 20 week abortion ban into law – which does not include any exception for rape or incest.

"I am extremely disappointed Governor Kasich signed this controversial and restrictive bill into law. Ohio women deserve better. This law is a continuation of Governor Kasich’s assault on women’s reproductive health in our state – making this the 18th law he has signed that restricts the rights of Ohio women.

December 9, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today calls on Governor John Kasich to veto the 20-week abortion ban passed by the Ohio legislature. This is the second time this week that Ryan has been forced to call on Governor Kasich to veto anti-choice legislation.

December 8, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan calls on Governor John Kasich to veto controversial abortion legislation that bans abortion after six weeks in the State of Ohio:

November 29, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement criticizing President-elect Trump’s selection of Tom Price as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

August 12, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement applauding United States District Judge Michael Barrett’s ruling to block an Ohio law that diverts $1.4 million in funding, most of it federal, away from Planned Parenthood:

“Here in Ohio, 57,000 individuals count on Planned Parenthood each and every day, the vast majority of them women. I applaud the court’s rejection of this politically-motivated attempt to strip thousands of Ohioans of their ability to receive quality health care.