When Representative Todd Akin (MO) was asked during a televised interview what his view was on allowing abortion in the case of rape or incest he stated, "It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare," Akin said. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
Akin is a six term Republican currently running for the Senate against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. Paul Ryan and most of the GOP were quick to denounce what Akin said . . . but does Ryan privately agree with akin despite publicly backing away from him? YES - We know this to be true because of the history that Ryan and Akin share and from what Ryan has stated in the past about his own views on abortion and womens' rights:
1) Last year, Akin joined with GOP vice presidential candidate 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.” Under the Ryan/Akin Bill, 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. - See story here
2) In 2009 Ryan and Akin also cosponsored a federal personhood bill, the Sanctity of Human Life Act of 2009, a movement that supporters say will outlaw abortions in all cases, and declares that a fertilized egg is entitled to the exact same legal rights as a human being. This Bill would have made using most forms of contraception, including many birth control pills the equivalent of committing a homicide. - The Bill of course, did not pass the Senate. Story Here
3) From day one of his public sector life Paul Ryan has been consistent (until now) on his view towards banning all abortions:
"Ryan, a 28-year-old first-time candidate, said he has consistently opposed legal abortion and makes only one exception -- cases in which a doctor deems an abortion necessary to save the mother's life. He favors overturning the Supreme Court's landmark Roe vs. Wade decision that made most abortions legal, Ryan said." ~
September 26, 1998
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Beware women of America - Paul Ryan is dangerously close to becoming second in charge of the nation and first in charge of your uterus.