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Paul Ryan Refuses to Revise His Position on Rape, Abortion: VIDEO


Think Progress takes note of the important point to come out of the Akin controversy:

Ryan and Akin cosponsored a “personhood” bill that would not only prohibit rape survivors from seeking an abortion, but would likely treat terminating a pregnancy that results from rape as a homicide crime. Similarly, Ryan and Akin partnered on a bill seeking to prevent Medicaid recipients who are raped from obtaining an abortion unless they are victims of “forcible rape.”

Yesterday, Ryan was asked about his positions:

In an interview with a local Pittsburgh television station yesterday, Ryan was given the opportunity to revise his position now that he is half of the Republican Party’s national ticket. He refused:

QUESTION: Should abortions to be available to women who are raped?

RYAN: Well, look, I’m proud of my pro-life record. And I stand by my pro-life record in Congress. It’s something I’m proud of. But Mitt Romney is the top of the ticket and Mitt Romney will be president and he will set the policy of the Romney administration.


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  1. Jus wondering if he even loves women or has a daughter?

    Posted by: Alejo | Aug 22, 2012 10:30:16 AM

  2. Paul Ryan :

    Are you a member of Opus Dei ?
    Have you sworn an oath to uphold Catholic doctrine in your life and to promote it in the workplace ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Aug 22, 2012 10:42:20 AM

  3. Keep on digging your political grave, sugar pecs...

    Posted by: ichabod | Aug 22, 2012 10:46:40 AM

  4. Why do all these freaks have crazy eyes?

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 22, 2012 10:46:40 AM

  5. Don't refer us to Mitt, Paul. He won't tell us any of his positions either.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 22, 2012 10:47:23 AM

  6. Agree with Steve, he's got "Michelle Bachman eyes". Is that the attempt at hiding the lies?

    Posted by: RONTEX | Aug 22, 2012 11:00:12 AM

  7. Ah, yes.. just what DC needs, another duplicitous, faith-based, politician.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Aug 22, 2012 11:02:38 AM

  8. Biden is going to have fun with this.

    Posted by: Mikemike | Aug 22, 2012 11:09:57 AM

  9. At last! Thanks you Jon Delano for asking Ryan about his record on this, not his bloody workout. Since he co-sponsored "forcible rape" federal legislation with Todd Akin, this question should have been asked much sooner.

    Posted by: Carlie | Aug 22, 2012 11:12:58 AM

  10. actually Ryan you DID split hairs. You were trying to enforce a policy that split hairs for women who had been raped. That to me is low...but then to totally pretend that you DIDNT is even lower. Vile. Shifty, glib and a pathalogical liar. Aside from anything the VP potentially could be the President if anything happen to the POTUS...so it's vital we know what he thinks and believes as well. Hiding behind Romney doesn't wash.

    Posted by: paul | Aug 22, 2012 11:17:16 AM

  11. So, uh, Paul, what you're saying is that you agree with Todd Akin's comments about, uh, "legitimate rape", right?

    I mean, you have given speeches to anti-choice groups where you personally have stated that any anti-choice legislation that allows for exceptions due to rape is, as you put it, "a red herring", and that 99% of women who seek to terminate their pregnancy because they were raped are lying and that they really weren't raped at all.

    Paul, in the past, you have also have stated that women do not get pregnant if they were, uh, "legitimately raped" because you also believe that, biologically, conception can only take place if the woman is a consensual partner in sexual activity.

    You have stated, Paul, that less than 1% of women who may actually have been raped, even if they by some miracle do conceive, still should not be allowed to end their pregnancy because there are childless couples who would gladly adopt such a child conceived.

    My point is, Paul, being a close observer of the extremist politics that have driven the republicon party for the past two decades or so, the actual fact is that right now, at this time, at this very moment, Todd Akin's heinous remark about "legitimate rape" is actually current republicon, GOP policy. It has been endorsed across the breadth of the GOP, whether at the local, state or national level.

    You're an extremist, Paul. You DO believe that there is such a thing as "legitimate rape". What you DON'T believe is that a woman who has been raped and does not want to be pregnant as a result of that rape is telling the truth.

    You're a misogynist, Paul, not to mention a nihilistic, self-centered, petty, vainglorious, Ayn Rand acolyte who is all for "less government" until a woman decides to make a personal choice regarding her health and her reproductive life.

    Then, dear Paul, you are totally in favor of the iron fist of the state being used to enforce extremely-restrictive, anti-women, anti-choice legislation backed up and enforced by the police and prosecutorial power of government.

    In other words, Paul, you are a smarmy, sleazy, typically-hypocritical republicon.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 22, 2012 11:44:12 AM

  12. "Have you sworn an oath to uphold Catholic doctrine in your life and to promote it in the workplace ?"

    Given that the RC bishops in this country roundly condemned his budget proposal, I think the answer is no.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Aug 22, 2012 11:46:42 AM

  13. And he tells HIS daughter in a resent interview. That HE goes to Washington to do the...SILLY STUFF!

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Aug 22, 2012 11:50:20 AM

  14. In all good conscience and with a shred of reason:

    1) You can not be a woman and vote Republican.

    2) You can not be gay and vote Republican.

    3) You can not be Latino and vote Republican (Florida Cubans still living in 1959 exempted).

    4) You can not be African American and vote Republican.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Aug 22, 2012 11:59:24 AM

  15. Willard and mini-Willard force a rape victim to carry to term. The rapist sues for sole custody of the child because the mother is unfit ("she let herself be raped!"). He then sues her for child support...Couldn't happen? Have you listened to these backward people?

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Aug 22, 2012 12:36:39 PM

  16. He's so full of mitt. That picture TMZ released of him without his shirt had to be some attempt to sex up the campaign...but ugly is as ugly does.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Aug 22, 2012 12:40:54 PM

  17. GOProud will of course support Romney/Ryan with overwhelming enthusiasm.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 22, 2012 1:00:11 PM

  18. @hue-man. I hadn't thought of this entirely plausible situation, perhaps this is what Mittens wants, to stimulate (such a dirty a word now) the economy — you know, creating a new income source… It's all pretty disgusting and frankly unbelievable that this is happening in 2012 and not 1898. Only in America…

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Aug 22, 2012 5:24:01 PM

  19. By the way, Michelle Bachmann eyes = plain crazy.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Aug 22, 2012 5:25:17 PM

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