Ryan on Akin: ‘Unfortunate’ but not ‘wrong’

Posted on August 20, 2012


So with all this media fury over Rep. Todd Akin’s despicable and shamefully ignorant explanation of “legitimate rape,” why isn’t anyone going after Paul Ryan for the exact same thing? Ryan co-sponsored the “let’s redefine rape” bill with Akin. It was called the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” H.R.3 in the very first session of the 112th Congress on January 20, 2011.

Ryan’s and Akin’s chosen language in their version of the bill stipulated that abortion should only be allowed “if the pregnancy occurred because the pregnant female was the subject of an act of forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest, or in the case where the pregnant female suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the pregnant female in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself.”

“Forcible rape” … as opposed to the voluntary kind.

Republicans have sponsored, co-sponsored and/or promoted a grand total of 59 ANTI-ABORTION BILLS since January 2010. Two of those bills made it all the way to the floor of the chamber they were submitted to for debate (House or Senate) … before they were abandoned just like the other 57 for “inflammatory language,” “dubious language” or “insufficient public support or merit to warrant discussion.”  Paul Ryan voted YES on every single one of them.

If even the party that sponsors these bills can’t find anything even remotely redeeming enough in them to generate legitimate discussion, why would any of them think the Democrats – or the American public – would?  Ryan’s “personhood” bill was even rejected in Mississippi in November 2011.  Too conservative for Mississippi!  What’s next?  Too orange for John Boehner?

Ryan also co-sponsored the “Ultrasound Informed Consent Act,” which would have required women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound even if it wasn’t medically necessary, and forced doctors to provide video, images and descriptions of the fetus to the woman before an abortion would be allowed. In total, Ryan has cast  59 Congressional votes on anti-abortion bills, including the “Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2011.”

In a 2010 essay for a conservative think-tank, Ryan compared the US supreme court ruling that legalized abortion to the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision, in which the court ruled that black slaves were not legally people. Ryan wrote: “After America has won the last century’s hard-fought struggles against unequal human rights  in the forms of totalitarianism abroad and segregation at home, I cannot believe any official or citizen can still defend the notion that an unborn human being has no rights.” When he first won election to Congress in 1998, Ryan vowed to oppose all abortions unless they were needed to save the life of the mother. He voted for a bill barring anyone besides parents from transporting minors across state lines for abortions. He also voted against a measure to allow women in the military to receive abortions in military hospitals.

The National Right to Life Committee, a nationwide federation opposed to abortion rights, has given Ryan a 100 percent “pro-life” voting record — in other words, for every vote he’s taken on abortion-related issues since joining the House of Representatives in 1999, Ryan has voted on the anti-abortion side. Ryan’s record includes voting to ban all federal funding for Planned Parenthood; 15 times in 2010, 22 times in 2011, and 16 times in 2012, so far.

In his first Congressional campaign in 1998, Ryan won by emphasizing his opposition to all abortion and steadfastly expressed his refusal to support exceptions for a woman’s life or health.

And yet, there was Ryan today standing next to a grinning Romney, bowing his head and hoping to look disgusted while he hypocritically pretended to be “morally offended” by the statements made by the man who Ryan PARTNERED WITH to outlaw all abortions, and restrict nearly all forms of contraception, in-vitro fertilization and stem-cell research. Ryan called Akin’s claims “unfortunate” and “poorly advised.”

But Ryan didn’t say Akin’s claims were wrong.

And the Republican crowd – men and women alike – cheered.