The group praised Vance in a statement Tuesday for being a voice for the pro-life movement and blasted Ryan, who converted from a pro-life Democrat to pro-abortion in the midst of his 20-year tenure in Congress.
“J.D. Vance is a courageous and thoughtful pro-life advocate who has what it takes to defeat extremist Tim Ryan,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the SBA List’s Candidate Fund, said.
Vance “knows the real-world struggles of hardworking families as well as the threats to innocent life coming from Washington,” Dannenfelser continued. “Today’s Democrat elites have forgotten their party once fought for the ‘little guy.’ After two decades in politics, Tim Ryan is no different.”
Ryan, who used to break with his party to advocate for the unborn before he flip-flopped on the issue in 2015, recently made headlines for refusing to support any restrictions on abortion.
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Ryan was pressed by Fox News’s Bret Baier on if he supported “any limits to abortion at any point,” and Ryan replied, “Look, you gotta leave it up to the woman,” and indicated he could not “account for all of the different scenarios that a woman dealing with the complexities of a pregnancy are going through.”
“Ryan refuses to name a single protection for unborn children he supports, claiming it’s just too complex to figure out,” Dannefelser said. “J.D. will bring creativity and common sense to the Senate and stand up to Biden and Schumer so every child has the chance to live the American dream.”
Vance, the Hillbilly Elegy author who won the Republican nomination for Senate this month, once said abortion was the first political issue he could “ever remember caring about.”
At a townhall event during his Senate primary race, Vance criticized one of his opponents for describing himself as “pro-people” rather than “pro-life.” Vance told the crowd, “Ladies and gentleman, pro-life is pro-people. That’s the whole point of our position there.”
In response to the SBA List’s endorsement, Vance affirmed he would vouch for the unborn if elected.
“SBA List has advocated for life and ending abortion in America for many years,” Vance said. “I am honored to have their support and will continue to fight for our shared beliefs and efforts protecting the unborn, innocents and all life when I get to the U.S. Senate.”