Tim Ryan attempted to paint JD Vance as unfeeling and callous on abortion during a debate between the two men on Monday night in a contest for an Ohio Senate seat, but instead Vance both showed that Ryan was misrepresenting his view, and was an active contributor to the problem he cited. Vance noted that Ryan is a proponent of Biden's porous border policy.
Ryan brought up the July case in which a doctor in Ohio claimed that a 10-year-old girl, who had been raped and impregnated, was forced to seek an abortion in the neighboring state of Indiana due to Ohio's pro-life laws. The controversial case turned out to be one in which the girl was raped by her mother's boyfriend, who was an illegal immigrant to the US.
Ryan claimed that Vance would have seen the girl go through with the pregnancy, but Vance detailed that in a case such as this, there should be exceptions made for abortion.
Vance was asked if he believed in exceptions for abortion.
“I've always believed in reasonable exceptions,” Vance said. “This is a misrepresentation in my view. But let's hear it from me, not from Congressman Ryan: I absolutely think the 10 year old girl the case that we've of course heard a lot about an incredibly tragic situation. I mean, look, I've got a 9-year-old baby girl at home, I cannot imagine what's that what that's like, for the girl for her family— God forbid something that like that would happen. I have said repeatedly on the record, that I think that that girl should be able to get an abortion if she and her family so choose to do so.
“But let's talk about that case,” Vance continued. “Because why was a 10-year-old girl raped in our community, raped in our state in the first place?
“The thing the media and Congressman Ryan, they talk about this all the time. The thing they never mentioned is that poor girl was raped by an illegal alien, somebody that should have never been in this state in the first place.
“You voted so many times against border wall funding, so many times for amnesty, Tim, if you had done your job, she would have never been raped in the first place. Do your job on border security. Don't lecture me about opinions I don't actually have.”
Vance is running with the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.