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Paul Ryan: What Mitt Romney's VP Pick Could Mean For Women

If you didn't know who Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, 42, was before this Summer, you've gotten to know him a lot better since then. After Mitt Romney tapped Paul Ryan to be his running mate, details about the congressman's policy and personality have hit the media. He wants to cut the federal deficit and spending drastically and stays in top shape with a workout that, according to him, includes "P90X and Insanity." As you get to know the man who could be a heartbeat away from the vice presidency, you might wonder where he stands on a few key issues important to women. Pro-life American women will be pleased. The congressman has a 100 percent pro-life voting record rating from the National Right to Life Committee. But if you favor legal abortion rights and government support for family planning, you won't find a friend in VP pick Paul Ryan. Here is a more detailed look before he faces off with VP Joe Biden at the vice presidential debate tomorrow!

Abortion

"Personally, I believe that life begins at conception, and it is for that reason that I feel we need to protect that life as we would protect other children," Paul Ryan wrote in a 2009 op-ed. As a pro-life congressman, it's no surprise Paul Ryan has supported bills including the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act.

But he's also lent his support to more controversial legislation, recently backing a bill that would require a woman seeking an abortion to receive an ultrasound from her doctor to make sure she sees the fetal image. He also supported the Protect Life Act, which would allow federally-funded hospitals to deny a woman an abortion, even if it's necessary to save her life. Congressman Ryan also cosponsored the Federal Abortion Ban, which criminalizes abortion and prescribes a two-year prison sentence for doctors in some cases, and the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which defines life as beginning at fertilization and could outlaw some birth control and IVF.

Reproductive Health Funding

Like his running mate, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan is strongly opposed to the free-contraception mandate included in Obama's healthcare reform. Four times he has voted to defund Planned Parenthood, and his proposed budget would completely defund birth control, STD screenings, and cancer screenings for low-income women available under Title X.

Marriage and Family

Paul Ryan supports traditional marriage. In 2006, he voted yes on defining marriage as between one man and one woman in the constitution. He voted against allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt. Ryan also opposed granting four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees.

The Economy

The economy is center stage this election and that means with women, too. "One of the biggest threats to our country's economic growth now and in the future is our mounting debt," says Paul Ryan. It's clear that Ryan isn't afraid to take on the tough fiscal issues facing the country. Before being chosen by Mitt Romney, Ryan's biggest claim to national fame was his budget proposal, which would cut spending by over $5 trillion according to Ryan. But some experts note that Ryan's plan would cut taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans, while shifting the tax burden to the middle class. Critics say it also would cut back services less-wealthy Americans rely on, like Medicare and food stamps. On the issue of equal pay, Paul Ryan voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, legislation that makes it easier for women to challenge unequal pay.

We're sure to hear more on these issues from both campaigns, maybe even tomorrow night when Paul Ryan debates Joe Biden. And after he showed his star power at the Republican National Convention, it'll be interesting to see how the Republican ticket's golden boy fares against loose cannon Biden. Who do you think will come out on top?

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Lisa3089326 Lisa3089326 4 years
NOTHING LIKE GOING BACK TO THE DARK AGES! NEXT THE DUMB SHIT WILL EVOKE OUR RIGHT TO VOTE, THIS GUY IS SO WHACK!HES GOING TO DRIVE WOMEN RIGHT BACK TO BACK ALLEY ABORTONISTS LIKE IN THE DAYS WE THOUGHT WERE ;LONG GONE! I DO NOT BELIEVE IN ABORTION  for me_  NOT TO SAY SOMEONES ELSES CHOICES NEED TO BE MADE OR CONTROLLED BY ME. THIS IS AMERICA, FREEDOMS, CHOICES,  CHRIST THIS IS LIE THE TALIBAN, NEXT WE WILL STONING WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY FOR BEING THE VICTIMS OF RAPE LIKE IN THE MIDDLE EAST, LETS DO ONE BETTER RYAN, LETS ALSO START  CUTTING OFF THE CLITORIS OF YOUN PREPUBESCENT GIRLS SO THEY CAN BE MENS SLAVES AND BABY MAKING MACHINES LIKE IN AFRICA. YOU STUPID FUCKS ARE RUINING THIS COUNTRY, DROP OUT NOW AND SAVE US FROM WORLD WIDE CALAMITY!
Lisa3089326 Lisa3089326 4 years
all i can say is wow, wtf is he thinking,  WOMEN YOU TO GET OUT THERE AND VOTE NOW MORE THAN EVER!  all you unregistered ladies out there, get registerd! hes crazier than HITLER!!! he has absolutely no right to be defning ANYTHING  for or about women,! hes not a woman or God or even a man with any sense! repubs say they want a smaller government! BULLSHIT! than why are they taking over womens lifes, rights, our health, and homosexuals lives THE GOP CAN STAY THE FUCK OUITTA OF LIVES!!  furthermore, if the damn government cares so much about human lives for christs sakes why are they denying poor poeple access to affordable health care, denying the poor basic needs such as food stamps and sending all our jobs overseas! not a f****cking thing they do makes any sense, they do shit all fucked up and backwards!!! "don;t kill the egg, wait till they are  full term live humans and deny them food, shelter, healthcare and work!" yeah!@ thats sooooooo much more intelligent,  where are the women candidates? i for one am sick of men tring to run womens and childrens life< for christ sake every damn commercial on tv is on E.D.  and Viagara! mens prostsate health is covered under insurance, christ even some insurances are covering viagara and other stupid shit fo erectile dysfuntion! all so a stupid guy can walk arounf with a hard on for 4 hours and screw! yes, this seems completely fair, socially responsible and way too smart for the average crack head, has this guy done so much blow in his life he is brain dead?  dudes gonna get himself shot for real!!!!  
poissondujour poissondujour 4 years
Completely terrifying.  I need to see about international visas if they win.
constancemstringer constancemstringer 4 years
Before anyone makes a statement or decision, read   ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand.  After you read, see what you can defend and admire in all of the global economies.  Our progressive , socialist ideas have an end.
Brittney-Stephens Brittney-Stephens 4 years
I'm anxious to see the VP debate. Joe Biden always keeps it real, so it'll be interesting to see if Ryan can keep up!
Thai3069872 Thai3069872 4 years
there's nothing wrong with budget cuts, but you also have to raise taxes.  we all know trickle down doesn't work, so why are they trying to do it again? 
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