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August 21, 2012


Ryan's Record on Abortion Under Scrutiny

National Journal reports that Rep. Paul Ryan and Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) -- who is desperately trying to save his U.S. Senate campaign after making controversial remarks about rape and abortion -- "share a voting history on abortion rights, including mutual support for a controversial measure that would define embryos as a person. They cosponsored another measure, subsequently withdrawn, that would distinguish 'forcible rape' in banning abortion funding. Akin, Ryan, and Mitt Romney also back less-controversial measures, such as defunding Planned Parenthood."

"That broader link gives Democrats a chance to push a debate about abortion and women's health back into the presidential race's limelight, putting the GOP ticket on the defensive over an issue it would rather avoid and with a group of voters, females, it has already struggled to attract."














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