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Woman details abortion, relationship with "pro-life" congressional candidate
seattle times ^ | today | By Janie Har and Steve Mayes

Posted on 06/24/2008 10:03:44 AM PDT by Ron Jeremy

A woman who dated congressional candidate Mike Erickson seven years ago said she asked him directly whether he wanted to have a baby. He shook his head no, she said, and paid for her abortion.

In interviews with The Oregonian newspaper, the Oregon City woman said she met Erickson in September 2000 and that she had the abortion in January 2001. They saw each other afterward, she said, even going on a trip to Mexico in March, before the relationship ended. She spoke on the condition that only her first name, Tawnya, be used.

Erickson agrees that he gave Tawnya $300 for medical help, and a ride to a doctor's office, but said he didn't know she was pregnant or planned to get an abortion.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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I am pro-life, and overall a social conservative, but I'll tell you, the hypcocrisy charge is killing us. A party that is going to campaign on morality needs to do a better job of picking its representatives (like this guy, Larry Craig, etc).
1 posted on 06/24/2008 10:03:44 AM PDT by Ron Jeremy
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To: Ron Jeremy
I am pro-life, and overall a social conservative,

See! Even porn stars can be conservatives.

2 posted on 06/24/2008 10:05:52 AM PDT by RockinRight (I just paid $63 for gas. An icefield in Alaska is NOT the Grand Canyon. F--- the caribou.)
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To: RockinRight

and hedgehogs...


3 posted on 06/24/2008 10:08:32 AM PDT by bigbob (2)
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To: Ron Jeremy

Some people will say anything to get elected.


4 posted on 06/24/2008 10:09:46 AM PDT by stuartcr (Election year.....Who we gonna hate, in '08?)
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To: Ron Jeremy

That was seven years ago. I know I’m cutting him alot of slack but he could have had an epiphany and became pro-life. There are plenty of Democrats who once were pro-life and are now pro-abortion. He ought to have just admitted it and used it as the reason he is now pro-life. I’m more interested in whether he is anti-illegal immigration and pro-drilling...


5 posted on 06/24/2008 10:10:48 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Russ
He ought to have just admitted it and used it as the reason he is now pro-life.

He took the path of convenience for himself, ended his unborn child's life, and now presumes to lecture others not to do so - including teenage girls with nowhere near his resources or ability to raise a child. Sorry, I'd never vote for this guy. The worst kind of hypocrite.
6 posted on 06/24/2008 10:16:46 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Ron Jeremy
This is a statement of the state of the GOP in Oregon. Its even worse when you know what goes on behind the scenes. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There is more about pretty much every stinking GOP public officer. The Honorable ones won't even get anywhere near them or the elections process its so slimy. I can't say I blame them either! Elected office does not pay enough for one to put up with the truly slimy bastards that run this pathetic state. No where near enough to be painted with the same brush, let alone have to shake hands with with in an effort to get things done.
7 posted on 06/24/2008 10:19:37 AM PDT by Danae (Remember: Obama = Pull out from Iraq. PLAN on voting, or accept responsibility for the consequences.)
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To: Ron Jeremy
Erickson agrees that he gave Tawnya $300 for medical help, and a ride to a doctor's office, but said he didn't know she was pregnant or planned to get an abortion.

A bit strange though. She did not tell him she was pregnant? She just asked him if he wanted a baby? Seems like he either turned a blind eye, or he was possibly mislead by this lady.

8 posted on 06/24/2008 10:23:44 AM PDT by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: Ron Jeremy

The more hypocrites like this that get outed, the better. It’s bad enough we have practically the entire media against us on this - we don’t need ‘help’ from people like Erickson.


9 posted on 06/24/2008 10:24:14 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (This tagline is completely naked - STOP STARING!)
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To: Always Right

“Seems like he either turned a blind eye, or he was possibly mislead by this lady.”

Or she could be lying now. I know ex-girl/boy friends never do anything to get back at their ex, but it is a possibility.


10 posted on 06/24/2008 10:27:05 AM PDT by driftdiver
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To: Danae
There is more about pretty much every stinking GOP public officer.

The worst one being uber-RINO senator Gordon Smith.

11 posted on 06/24/2008 10:30:05 AM PDT by darkangel82 (If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. (Say no to RINOs))
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To: darkangel82

They are all bedfellows as far as I am concerned. hell Saxton and Mannix are worse than Smith, but then Smith has a high office, he doesn’t have to use the tacticts that those losers do.


12 posted on 06/24/2008 10:33:13 AM PDT by Danae (Remember: Obama = Pull out from Iraq. PLAN on voting, or accept responsibility for the consequences.)
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To: darkangel82

They are all bedfellows as far as I am concerned. hell Saxton and Mannix are worse than Smith, but then Smith has a high office, he doesn’t have to use the tacticts that those losers do.


13 posted on 06/24/2008 10:33:13 AM PDT by Danae (Remember: Obama = Pull out from Iraq. PLAN on voting, or accept responsibility for the consequences.)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
He took the path of convenience for himself, ended his unborn child's life, and now presumes to lecture others not to do so

i have not always been pro-life... heck, i voted for Mondale and Dukakis... four years after Dukakis i voted for Bush... somewhere in that four years (1988-1992) i became pro-life... to the point that i am a counselor at our local Pregnancy Resource Center... had i found myself with an unplanned pregnancy in 1988, i probably would not have had my baby... had i found myself with an unplanned pregnancy in 1992, i would have had my baby... i'm not saying that this happened to him, but it is another perspective...

14 posted on 06/24/2008 10:33:44 AM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: Ron Jeremy
She spoke on the condition that only her first name, Tawnya, be used

Well in that case... my "unamed source" said that Tawnya used to be called "Tony" and was a man... :)

15 posted on 06/24/2008 10:42:13 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Ron Jeremy
...(like this guy, Larry Craig, etc)....

And kicking them out of the party.

16 posted on 06/24/2008 10:52:09 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Ron Jeremy

So did Erickson ever become a Congresscritter?

It just says he was a candidate.


17 posted on 06/24/2008 10:57:14 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

I know many women who had abortions as teenagers and are now pro-life; mainly because they saw their unborn child on sono in subsequent pregnancy.

They are very remorseful; we are all hypocrites to some degree; if someone expresses remorse, why should we not take him at his word?

I know I’ve changed since I was a 20 year old who thought I knew it all.


18 posted on 06/24/2008 11:02:33 AM PDT by DLfromthedesert (Michael Steele for VP)
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To: Ron Jeremy

Leaving aside for a moment the morality/hypocrisy issues, it seems kind of strange to have an abortion only 4 months into a relationship, especially for a more ‘mature’ woman. Not impossible, but what are the odds? Did the woman say HE was the father of the child? This has too many unanswered hard questions/ Anyone can make any claim they want, especially regarding a public figure.


19 posted on 06/24/2008 11:05:11 AM PDT by EDINVA (Proud American for 23,062 days.... and counting!)
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To: EDINVA
Leaving aside for a moment the morality/hypocrisy issues, it seems kind of strange to have an abortion only 4 months into a relationship, especially for a more ‘mature’ woman. Not impossible, but what are the odds? Did the woman say HE was the father of the child? This has too many unanswered hard questions/ Anyone can make any claim they want, especially regarding a public figure.

right, but, his defense here is highly suspect. I would expect that if he knew nothing about this, he would say "WTF? I don't know anything about this". Instead he gave her 300 bucks and drove her to doctros office. Who does that for regular normal medical care?

20 posted on 06/24/2008 11:09:33 AM PDT by Ron Jeremy (sonic)
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To: Ron Jeremy

“I am pro-life, and overall a social conservative, but I’ll tell you, the hypcocrisy charge is killing us. A party that is going to campaign on morality needs to do a better job of picking its representatives (like this guy, Larry Craig, etc).”

As someone once said: “Hypocrisy is a tribute vice pays to virtue.” The crime of the hypocrite is failing to act on his, at least, declared principle. The hypocrite’s actions are not proof against the principle.


21 posted on 06/24/2008 11:14:33 AM PDT by Miles the Slasher
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To: Miles the Slasher
As someone once said: “Hypocrisy is a tribute vice pays to virtue.” The crime of the hypocrite is failing to act on his, at least, declared principle. The hypocrite’s actions are not proof against the principle.

That is true, of course, but the GOP is pushing it so far that we look really bad.

22 posted on 06/24/2008 11:15:48 AM PDT by Ron Jeremy (sonic)
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To: Ron Jeremy

Let’s just say for a moment he did not know. Is it possible? Given his mistress asks if he wants to have a child, he could have thought she was asking in the I need to go get tied or ob the pill, etc.

Not saying this is the case, but I could see a misunderstanding.


23 posted on 06/24/2008 11:28:01 AM PDT by CTK YKC
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To: Ron Jeremy

If this is true it’s really despicable. It’s bad enough for him to do something like this and hide it, but every time a Republican behaves like this it just makes the public think there isn’t any difference between Republicans and Democrats at all. It hurts the whole party and it hurts the whole cause. Not only did this immoral jerk kill his own baby, but he just made it harder to stop other people from doing it. Thanks a lot!

Of course, it’s still possible he’s been framed, so maybe he didn’t really do it... but sadly, too many Republican politicians seem to think it’s OK to have affairs and abortions and gay lovers these days, so it unfortunately won’t surprise me if it’s true. :-(


24 posted on 06/24/2008 11:38:48 AM PDT by CatherinePPP
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To: DLfromthedesert

Remorse includes acknowledging that you’ve committed a sin, and apologizing for it. I think if this guy said he paid for a girlfriend’s abortion, realized it was wrong and repented and that’s why he is pro-life now, this wouldn’t ever have been such an issue. But he hid it and covered it up. And he’s still denying it, so if it’s true, he’s lying instead of repenting. That’s inexcusable behavior IMHO.


25 posted on 06/24/2008 11:40:48 AM PDT by CatherinePPP
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To: Ron Jeremy

I could go either way with this story .... but it’s got too many suspicious lil red flags in there; the timing, as Sen Reid would say, is suspicious.

The abortion took place early in 2001 and nothing was made of it till now, but he’s supposed to remember the details, about an event he claims he knows nothing about (i.e., the abortion) ? I’ve known of men paying for girlfriend’s abortions (he claims she wasn’t a girlfriend’) but none of them doesn’t remember it.

If, in fact, she didn’t tell him of the pregnancy at the time, but said she needed $300 for medical care, he would have likely given it to her, knowing she had a low paying job, probably without benefits, and a 3 year old.

Then, he claims, she said she had car trouble and asked for a ride, stating her friend would take her home. Nothing too unusual there, either.

The baby could as easily have been the live-in ex-boyfriend’s child, and it doesn’t sound like he’d have been a likely candidate to hit up for $300. She, in fact, says she called Erickson because his business card showed him as president of a company.

She claims she was crying in the car as he dropped her off, he claims she betrayed no emotion.

She claims they vacationed in Mexico together; he claims he was there with other friends at the same time.

This could be a case of no good deed goes unpunished, or it could be that Erikson is just a cad. But this is too easy a way to ruin someone’s reputation, and political aspirations while at it.


26 posted on 06/24/2008 11:40:52 AM PDT by EDINVA (Proud American for 23,062 days.... and counting!)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
Sorry, I'd never vote for this guy. The worst kind of hypocrite.

And if Saul of Tarsus (killer of Christians), the one who changed his name to Paul, was running, would you vote for him?

27 posted on 06/24/2008 12:37:11 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (OVERPRODUCTION......... one of the top five worries for American farmers.)
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To: Balding_Eagle
And if Saul of Tarsus (killer of Christians), the one who changed his name to Paul, was running, would you vote for him?

Saint Paul? No - and I'm not a Christian.
28 posted on 06/24/2008 1:22:14 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Ron Jeremy
He said he didn't ask her why she needed to see a doctor, saying he didn't want to pry. "I knew her pretty well but not like — it wasn't my girlfriend — but it was somebody that I had a relationship with," Erickson said.

You see, I have sex with the woman, but I don't actually know her or anything.

29 posted on 06/24/2008 2:32:16 PM PDT by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

Wow, Christian or not.


30 posted on 06/24/2008 3:32:08 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (OVERPRODUCTION......... one of the top five worries for American farmers.)
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To: Balding_Eagle
Wow, Christian or not.

Really? What reason aside from Christianity would lead you to vote for Saul of Tarsus for president?
31 posted on 06/24/2008 3:36:42 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

I wouldn’t vote for Saul, and if that was how you read my question I should have stated it more clearly. I was asking if you would vote for Paul.

He is the person who emerged after the dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus.

My point is that people can, and do change dramatically.


32 posted on 06/24/2008 7:36:29 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (OVERPRODUCTION......... one of the top five worries for American farmers.)
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