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Is Paul Ryan Bad For Women?

This columnist believes Mitt Romney's selection of Ryan will force social issues to take center stage.

Mitt Romney handed Barack Obama a potentially winning new slogan for his campaign for re-election in November: ‘Paul Ryan is Bad for Women.’ 

As much as Romney would prefer the upcoming election to be a referendum on Obama’s financial policy, his  will probably force social issues to take center stage. Romney has worked hard to avoid discussing his mixed record on topics like women’s reproductive rights and health care reform, but Ryan’s entry into the campaign trail may render that impossible.

Ryan may also erode any lasting sliver of hope Romney had of winning back the support of conservative single women who have felt alienated by the Republican Party. Ryan has been a prominent figure in the recent “war on women,” voting to defund Planned Parenthood four times and vocally supporting overturning Roe v. Wade, seeking to make abortion illegal even in cases of rape and incest. 

Ryan also co-sponsored the federal Sanctity of Human Life Act, which sought to give a fertilized embryo all the “legal and constitution attributes and privileges of personhood.” This is in spite of the fact that personhood amendments have been thus far unpopular on state ballots and would make certain forms of birth control and in vitro fertilization treatments illegal. Ryan also supported the Protect Life Act, nicknamed the ‘Let Women Die Act’ by Democrats, that would have allowed hospitals to deny women emergency abortion care, even in a life-or-death situation for the mother.

In 2009, Ryan voted against the relatively uncontroversial Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which passed without his support and grants women protection from being denied equal pay for equal work. This is not to mention Ryan’s consistent lack of support for LGBT rights, his record on immigration, and his much lauded budget plan that would slash safety net programs and dismantle Medicare as we know it.

The full impact of Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate will not be known until the election in November. But as the race heats up in the next two months, it seems Ryan’s deeply conservative stances on social issues may do more harm than good. 

What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

Tee Smyth August 27, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Oh, Betty Rubble. Your post just reeks of Fox News Talking Points. Tell us how YOU really feel.
John Santaella August 27, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Really Betty Rubble? Do you have documentation that Barack Hussein Obama has created more debt than all other Presidents combined? The fact you use his middle name tells me where you're coming from. You've imbibed from the FOX fountain and are drunk with talking points but no evidence. You're still in the Stone Age, no?
John Santaella August 27, 2012 at 09:23 PM
We got suckered with ''Compassionate Conservatism" Never Again!!!
Fan of Ridgewood August 31, 2012 at 05:07 PM
if government should have nothing to do with whether a woman chooses to have her child or not, then why do women get to have the government go after men for money when they choose to have the kid??? As Tim Allen said, "men have two choices in life - work or prison."
Mike G September 01, 2012 at 11:31 PM
John Q., Since you frequently share your opinion with the reading audience, why not post your full name, background, political leanings, etc.?

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