Today, Vice presidential hopeful, Congressman Paul Ryan (R- WI) used the exact same words as President Obama used on Monday to define his position on abortions for rape victims. “Rape is rape,” Ryan said.
Ryan backed away from his reputation for being a staunch right-to-life supporter, taking his view a step further, claiming he no longer objects to abortion in the case of rape. The change came after a firestorm of controversy over comments by US Senate candidate Todd Akin (R-MO), who claimed that ‘legitimate rape’ was somehow different than other types of rape.
The Ryan shift on abortion and rape came in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, television interview on Wednesday.
“Rep. Paul Ryan on Wednesday said he was backing Mitt Romney’s position on abortion, which allows exceptions for incest or rape, but defended his own record on abortion rights issues, including a bill he co-sponsored with embattled Rep. Todd Akin,” according to The Hill.
Mr. Ryan has been among the most active advocates against abortion in congress and has a long record of voting for pro-life legislation.
“Ryan’s record on abortion is extremely conservative, even by Republican standards. He has a perfect 100 rating from the National Right to Life Committee. And he’s lived up to that rating by, among other things, co-sponsoring a bill that declared “personhood” begins at fertilization—a legal standard that, if ever applied, could outlaw not just abortion but also in vitro fertilization, intrauterine devices, and some oral contraceptives. Akin was one of the other co-sponsors,” according to The New Republic.
With the GOP convention coming up in Tampa, Florida, next week, Ryan’s retreat on his anti-abortion views suggests an attempt to convince voters that he is more moderate than his voting record in congress has demonstrated for more than a decade.
Ryan, co-sponsored the Personhood bill with Todd Akin (R-MO), which defined life at the moment of conception. The wording of ‘forced rape’ was including in the bill, but made no exceptions, effectively banning all abortions, even in the case of rape.
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