U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, the democrat and zenmaster
who represents a slice of Eastern Ohio from Youngstown to Akron, has publicly announced a new stance on abortion. He's now pro-choice.
In a letter to the Akron Beacon-Journal,
Ryan said that during his 13 years in office, conversations with women of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds have assured him that "the heavy hand of government" should not be involved in the complex decisions which attend reproductive rights.
"Each and every American deserves the right to deal with these difficult situations in consultation with their families, close friends or religious advisers," Ryan wrote. "No federal or state law banning abortion can honestly and fairly take into account the various circumstances that make each decision unique."
Ryan, a Catholic and former high school quarterback, was first elected in 2002 in the wake of Jim Traficant's demise. He'll be up for re-election again in 2016.