Ryan supported House legislation to limit federal abortion funding to cases of "forcible" rape.
As did Akin.
Last year, Ryan joined Akin as one of 227 co-sponsors of a bill that narrowed an exemption to the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding for abortions. The Hyde Amendment allows federal dollars to be used for abortions in cases of rape and incest, but the proposed bill -- authored by New Jersey Representative Christopher H. Smith -- would have limited the incest exemption to minors and covered only victims of “forcible rape.”And Ryan historically opposed abortion in cases of rape and incest, despite his Romney-ordered, post-Akin flip on some abortions.
House Republicans never defined what constituted “forcible rape” and what did not, but critics of the bill suggested the term could exclude women who are drugged and raped, mentally handicapped women who are coerced, and victims of statutory rape.
The “forcible” qualifier was eventually removed before the bill passed in the House last May. The Democrat-controlled Senate did not vote on the measure.
And co-sponsored "personhood" legislation that would outlaw all abortions - - as did Akin (sponsor list, here).
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) cosponsored a bill that would give fetuses full personhood rights from the moment of fertilization, which was even rejected by voters in the socially conservative state of Mississippi.Ryan already sand-bagged the ticket by lying about his solicitation of funds from the Obama stimulus plan he had repeatedly attacked.
I think he's the new Wisconsin political train wreck.