Sunday, August 19, 2012

Paul Ryan's Rape And Incest/Abortion Position: Deal With It

PolitiFact verified last week that GOP Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is opposed to abortion even in cases of rape and incest:

The day after Republican Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate, President Barack Obama’s campaign tweeted a gender-specific warning about the Wisconsin vice presidential pick.

"Make sure the women in your life know: Paul Ryan supports banning all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest..."
The seven-term congressman has taken a consistent anti-abortion stand -- National Right to Life says he has never voted against its position in 13 years -- that has earned him 100% ratings from anti-abortion groups and 0% ratings from abortion-rights organizations...

The only anti-abortion exception Ryan favors is situations where an abortion is needed to save the life of the mother, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The National Right to Life Committee concurs, based on information the group says it collected in 1998 and 2000 from Ryan as a candidate. 
Fits nicely with the Ayn Randian world view of personal responsibility and self-reliance that the ideology-driven Ryan had said inspired him to enter politics, despite his recent and convenient Randian renuciation.

In other words, Ryan is saying that if you choose to take that ride home, that free drink, that candy from the baby sitter or Uncle-what's-his-name, or the nice man in the van who might be 6' 4" and 245 lbs - - you bear the consequences.

Because your "personhood" rights are secondary. From the PolitFact piece:
Ryan is among 64 House Republicans who co-sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act, an anti-abortion bill that declares that human life shall be deemed to begin at fertilization, and should be protected from that point.

The legislation, which has stalled, reflects the budding movement -- endorsed by Ryan -- to enact "personhood" rights for the unborn.


Anonymous said...

Ayn Rand was all for abortion rights. She supported abortion as a the right of a woman to control her own body.

John Foust said...

Yes, Rand was clearly pro-choice.