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Paul Ryan Co-Sponsors Fetal Personhood Bill For Some Reason

Amid a weak economy, the impending end to the Federal Government’s ability to borrow, and a fiscal situation that remains unresolved, the House GOP’s budget expert apparently thinks its time to focus on abortion:

Despite the deep unpopularity of fetal personhood bills in 2012, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has again decided to cosponsorthe Sanctity of Human Life Act, a bill that gives full legal rights to human zygotes from the moment of fertilization.

Ryan, who reportedly has 2016 presidential ambitions, had to de-emphasize his opposition to abortion without exceptions during the 2012 election to align his position with presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But this year, Ryan has been tapped as a keynote speaker for the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List’s sixth annual Campaign for Life Gala, and he is re-upping his support for the most extreme anti-abortion legislation in the country.

The personhood bill, first introduced in 2011 by Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and reintroduced by Broun last week, specifies that a “one-celled human embryo,” even before it implants in the uterus to create a pregnancy, should be granted “all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.” Similar legislation has been rejected by voters in multiple states, including the socially conservative Mississippi, because legal experts have pointed out that it could outlaw some forms of birth control and in vitro fertilization as well as criminalize abortion at all stages.

Broun said in a statement that a zygote’s right to life should be “defended vigorously and at all costs.”

“As a physician, I know that human life begins with fertilization, and I remain committed to ending abortion in all stages of pregnancy,” he said. “I will continue to fight this atrocity on behalf of the unborn, and I hope my colleagues will support me in doing so.”

Ryan did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment about his support for the bill, which has 17 co-sponsors.

Yes, this is exactly the way for the GOP to fix all those problems it had in 2012.

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  1. Ben says:

    Yeah, this is definitely going to help their demographics problem here. The party of cranky old men decided that the best move is to further pander to cranky old men.

    Passing a law that would outlaw IUDs, IVF, the morning after pill, et al, is a brilliant move to react to their electoral defeat. :eyeroll:

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  2. MBunge says:

    This is what happens when you don’t take your own views seriously, yet expect everyone else to do so. There is a logical argument to be made for human life beginning at conception and all the stuff that accompanies that. It’s pretty clear that folks like Ryan have never really thought through that argument and what it would mean if they got their way. I mean, do you think Paul Ryan truly wants to see people executed for aborting a zygote?

    Mike

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  3. Argon says:

    Some poor wage slave in the bureaucracy has to waste his time documenting these pointless submissions…

    And they say government doesn’t create jobs.

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  4. Janis Gore says:

    I guess the boy just doesn’t want to waste his precious bodily essence.

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  5. Ernieyeball says:

    …legal experts have pointed out that it could outlaw some forms of birth control…

    Why don’t Congressmen Ryan and Broun and others of their ilk stop pussyfooting around and propose laws that would make sexual intercourse a crime in all cases except between a man and a woman who are married to each other and want to procreate.
    This is what they want to do isn’t it? Control the sexual behavior of American Citizens.

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  6. Janis Gore says:

    Back to the “sacred sperm” concept. Any old jackass has the “divine spark.”

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  7. legion says:

    “As a physician, I know that human life begins with fertilization…”

    As a physician, you don’t know dick. Anyone with an even passing familiarity with reproductive issues knows that countless fertilized eggs _don’t_ properly attach to the uterus, and many more that do never mature (usually due to genetic/chromosomal defect issues) and are “flushed out” by the woman’s body on her next cycle. Under this sort of bill, every single one of these occurrences would have to be investigated as a potential homicide.

    Also,

    Ryan, who reportedly has 2016 presidential ambitions, had to de-emphasize his opposition to abortion without exceptions during the 2012 election to align his position with presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    Note that. Ryan buried his extreme position for the sake of the election, but on the very first moment he had out from under that need, he reverted back to this BS. When he tries to go back to holding a moderate “we can agree to disagree” position in the run-up to 2016, things like this need to be shoved in his face at every campaign stop. these people are _not_ moderates, and they are _not_ willing to allow any position or religious belief but their own.

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  8. Janis Gore says:

    And it is women’s sacred duty as vessels of the Lord to nurture any old snotwad’s seed to fruition.

    Gawd. The ego.

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  9. Gromitt Gunn says:

    What does Mr. Ryan propose happen to all of the IVF-produced zygotes currently sitting on ice around the country? Shall their mothers be forced to be impregnated one zygote at a time in order to allow them exercise their full rights? Will the GOP be funded the needed expansion of the CHIP and Medicaid and WIC and TANF and SNAP, as well as the foster care, public education, and CPS systems this will bring about?

    Or maybe they will push for legislation to send block grants to approved States with a mandate to allow zygotes to choose to opt out of the standard system and apply for a portable surrogate womb voucher.

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  10. Janis Gore says:

    How I detest these f**kers.

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  11. mantis says:

    I wish they would do something useful, like holding another vote to repeal Obamacare. I’ll bet they’ve only done that once or twice in 2013.

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  12. C. Clavin says:

    Ryan sponsored this bill because, having failed to prevent a tax increase for the wealthiest amongst us, the Republicans have only one policy idea left…the total control of American female reproductive organs. Indeed…the nut job from Tennessee was out with a bill yesterday aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood.
    http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/61?q=abortion
    Keep in mind we are only days into the 113th session. The priorities of the Republican Caucus is made crystal clear by their actions.

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  13. C. Clavin says:

    @ Mantis…
    Never fear…the pride of Minnesota and all-around farm subsidy whore, Michelle Bachmann, is on it.
    http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/01/04/bachmann-introduces-first-bill-in-113th-congress-to-repeal-obamacare/

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  14. Janis Gore says:

    This idea of everybody being armed is looking better everyday.

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  15. al-Ameda says:

    Pro-Life until birth. Gee, I wonder why so many college aged women wouldn’t want vote for the Womb Police?

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  16. Janis Gore says:

    That’s one method of contraception the Repubs don’t have the stomach to outlaw.

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  17. C. Clavin says:

    Another example of a small Government Republican who has worked for the Government his entire life, is heir to a fortune built on Government work, and wants the Government in the bedroom and doctors office of every single woman in America.
    The level of hypocrisy is awe-inspiring.

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  18. Gromitt Gunn says:

    @Gromitt Gunn: Oh, better yet – force unemployed women who don’t have unemployment insurance eligibility to carry the unfertilized IVF zygotes to term as a condition of receiving benefits. Preferably while wearing a standardized maternity uniform with a giant letter “S” for surrogate (or or servant or slut, if you will) emblazoned across it. I can see the social conservatives getting all tingly over that one.

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  19. Janis Gore says:

    I think mothers of adolescent sons across America should ship their sheets to Washington.

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  20. Janis Gore says:

    Of course, some of these jokers would probably get off on that.

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  21. grumpy realist says:

    Someone ought to sit this joker down and explain to him that he has just added accusations of manslaughter against every woman who has had a miscarriage. Or might have had a miscarriage. Of course, since most of those were zygotes who never implanted, we’re going to have to have an army of investigators going through, cell by cell, all the menstrual emissions from all women.

    Maybe we should start sending our used sanitary napkins and tampons to Mr. Ryan so that he could get the idea.

    (Any law that would have resulted in my mother being accused of manslaughter three times has to go.)

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  22. swbarnes2 says:

    “For some reason”?

    Ryan is a Republican, proposing a bill 100% in line with the Republican party platform, which Republicans like your pal Bob McDonnell wrote.

    This posturing of your is really tiresome, and it’s just dishonest. You know exactly why Ryan proposed this bill. You pretend ignorance to signal that you disagree with it, even as you support it with your votes when you vote Republican. Why can’t you just honestly say that you find it repulsive?

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  23. swbarnes2 says:

    @grumpy realist:

    Someone ought to sit this joker down and explain to him that he has just added accusations of manslaughter against every woman who has had a miscarriage.

    Feature not bug. The idea is to impress upon women that they are nothing but baby incubators, and anything more than that is not a fundamental human right, but a benevolent gift which women don’t really deserve, and may be retracted at any time.

    So yeah, they don’t have to haul every woman on her period into prison, but it would be on the books that they have the right to do that to any woman, whenever they desire.

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  24. Jen says:

    For every Chris Christie willing to call a spade a spade, the Republican party has a hundred, if not a thousand, Paul Ryans waiting to make criminals of any woman who has a miscarriage that could plausibly be attributed to something she could “control”–like drinking coffee or having a stressful job.

    This is crazy talk. Personhood for a fetus is unworkable. Even if you ignore the IVF aspect–and I really do now wonder what Mr. Ryan thought of his running mate, who could credit that procedure for three of his grandchildren–you are still left with situations like the 16 year old girl in the Dominican Republic who died of leukemia because she was pregnant and the courts had to consider the impact of her treatment on the fetus. Why? Because they have a personhood-type provision in their law.

    I’m done with the Republican party. Done.

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  25. stonetools says:

    Ryan is a hard core Catholic, who has supported all sorts of very “pro life” bills in the past, including as a co- sponsor with Todd ” Legitimate Rape” Atkins .

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as two of the original co-sponsors of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” a bill which, among other things, introduced the country to the bizarre term “forcible rape.”

    Federal law prevents federal Medicaid funds and similar programs from paying for abortions. Yet the law also contains an exception for women who are raped. The bill Akin and Ryan cosponsored would have narrowed this exception, providing that only pregnancies arising from “forcible rape” may be terminated. Because the primary target of Akin and Ryan’s effort are Medicaid recipients — patients who are unlikely to be able to afford an abortion absent Medicaid funding — the likely impact of this bill would have been forcing many rape survivors to carry their rapist’s baby to term. Michelle Goldberg explains who Akin and Ryan would likely target:

    Under H.R. 3, only victims of “forcible rape” would qualify for federally funded abortions. Victims of statutory rape—say, a 13-year-old girl impregnated by a 30-year-old man—would be on their own. So would victims of incest if they’re over 18. And while “forcible rape” isn’t defined in the criminal code, the addition of the adjective seems certain to exclude acts of rape that don’t involve overt violence—say, cases where a woman is drugged or has a limited mental capacity. “It’s basically putting more restrictions on what was defined historically as rape,” says Keenan.”

    I guess libertarians who like Ryan missed this side of him, when they were busy praising him for being A Very Serious Person about the budget.

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  26. swbarnes2 says:

    @Jen:

    the Republican party has a hundred, if not a thousand, Paul Ryans waiting to make criminals of any woman

    Yup. To Republicans, women are inconveniently sentient incubators and sex outlets, nothing more. And every time someone votes for a Republican they are signing on to policies which go hand in hand with that belief. Ryan’s personhood amendment, and McDonnell’s mandatory vaginal probes are just two examples.

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  27. anjin-san says:

    So the answer to the question “did Paul Ryan learn anything from his humiliating defeat in the 2012 election??” is… heck no!

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  28. Navin says:

    This will spawn “Zygote Spontaneous Abortion Prevention Centers”.

    Over half of all zygotes fail to embed in the uterus and get expelled during a woman’s
    menstrual cycle. Soon, young woman will be required to these centers once per month
    so their menstrual cycles can be monitored for any expelled zygotes. If a zygote is found,
    the young lady will be charged with attempted murder AND she will be forced to under
    a mendical procedure to have the zygote properly implanted in her uteran wall.

    THIS is what the Republicans have in store for us.

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  29. OzarkHillbilly says:

    “As a physician, I know that human life begins with fertilization,

    As a carpenter, I can tell that you are brain dead and propose the removal of all life support.

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  30. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Navin:

    Spontaneous Abortion

    For the record, “spontaneous abortion” is the proper medical term for miscarriage. Which raises the question that if God is pro-life, why are there so many spontaneous abortions?

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  31. Janis Gore says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Tom, what do you bet that the party promotes this guy big time next go ’round?

    I don’t like this smug little jerk apart from his attitudes toward women.

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  32. Rob in CT says:

    You know, when some folks tried to point out that Ryan held the same positions as Akin back before the election, I got the sense people didn’t buy it, ’cause Ryan made some earnest-looking noises about not being THAT extreme.

    But he is. And this is fairly standard amongst GOP politicians (rank & file less so I think, but still quite common).

    GOP delenda est.

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  33. Rob in CT says:

    Funny to juxtapose this guy’s professed love for the economic arguments of Ayn Rand with his other views. It’s like someone sat down and decided to literally pick the worst of both worlds.

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  34. JohnMcC says:

    He voted for the ‘fiscal cliff’ settlement. This is a cheap way of re-establishing his bonafides.
    And he is probably sincere. Some of my family members would (I imagine — it’s impossible to talk about this stuff anymore without throwing small crockery) support ‘personhood’ for those adorable things that produce images on the ultrasound machine.

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  35. J-Dub says:

    @legion:

    and many more that do never mature (usually due to genetic/chromosomal defect issues) and are “flushed out” by the woman’s body

    Especially in the case of rape.

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  36. al-Ameda says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    For the record, “spontaneous abortion” is the proper medical term for miscarriage. Which raises the question that if God is pro-life, why are there so many spontaneous abortions?

    I could be inferred from all of this that God is just messing with us.

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  37. Janis Gore says:

    I personally don’t give a goddamn about your “Christianity” and I am a natural born citizen of this country , too.

    Don’t try.

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  38. Janis Gore says:

    Mr. Ryan.

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  39. Janis Gore says:

    Now, is it the red Noconas or the the tall tan ones, or the brown Ariats or the black ones?

    Be assured, I will come and kick your ass.

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  40. Janis Gore says:

    No, you silly snotwad, I’m not a dominatrix.

    When did men get so boring?

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  41. Janis Gore says:

    Who has enough time for a jerk-off like this one?

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