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Paul Ryan to GOP: Don’t abandon abortion fight

In the ongoing war within the conservative movement over whether or not the GOP should continue its fight on social issues, Rep. Paul Ryan becomes one of the highest profile Republican officials to weigh in last night, telling an anti-abortion group that the GOP must continue its fight against choice.

"Our critics say we should abandon our pro-life beliefs. But that would only demoralize our voters," The Hill reports Ryan told the Susan B. Anthony List gala last night. "It’s an odd strategy, I think: the cynical ploy followed by the thumping defeat."

"Our task isn't to purge our ranks. It's to grow them," Ryan said at the event in Washington, D.C.

The congressman is known primarily as a budget wonk, but is well to the right of many Republicans on abortion, opposing it in all cases (including rape and incest) except for when the life of the mother is in danger.

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