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Paul Ryan thinks this is a person
Mitt Romney may have flip-flopped on women's reproductive rights—a lot—but Paul "Sacrificial Lamb" Ryan hasn't. He's been perfectly consistent on just how extreme he is about making lady parts and lady health a thing of the past:
He believes ending a pregnancy should be illegal even when it results from rape or incest, or endangers a woman’s health. He was a cosponsor of the Sanctity of Human Life Act, a federal bill defining fertilized eggs as human beings, which, if passed, would criminalize some forms of birth control and in vitro fertilization.
Ah, yes. Personhood. That strange and misguided and just plain wrong belief that a fertilized egg is the same thing as a person—an idea so stupid that it has been rejected by voters every time the fetus worshippers have forced them to show up to the polls to say, again, "We are not actually that stupid."

Paul Ryan, however, is one of those few people who is that stupid, which is, obviously, part of the appeal for Romney. Because those people don't believe Romney is really one of them. As Keith Mason, president of Personhood USA, said in May:

At the end of the day, I don’t believe he is pro-life. I guess I could be blunt; I could go through a list.
Paul Ryan, however? He's got just the street cred Romney needs to prove that he will totally take women's basic rights away if given the chance:
The National Right to Life Committee has scored his voting record 100 percent every year since he entered the House in 1999. “I’m as pro-life as a person gets,” he told The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack in 2010. “You’re not going to have a truce.”
Will Ryan's perfect anti-woman record be enough for Romney to overcome his own record? Especially when Romney completely disagrees with Ryan?
Mitt Romney's campaign, seeking to nip a potent general election attack in the bud, says he's being falsely characterized as supporting a proposed amendment to define a fertilized egg as a "person" that was badly defeated in Mississippi [...]

"Mitt Romney is pro-life, and as he has said previously, he is supportive of efforts to ensure recognition that life begins at conception. He believes these matters should be left up to states to decide," [spokeswoman Gail Gitcho] said.

Add "disagreement about how much to hate women" to the long and growing list of awkward conversations Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will have to try to avoid having for the next two months.

Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 07:56 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos, Pro Choice, Sluts, Abortion, and Ryan Inc.

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