Paul Ryan sponsored legislation using the distinction “forcible rape,” but now, in light of the uproar over Todd Akin, backs away from that term.
In an interview with KDKA on Tuesday, Ryan said that he believed Akin’s assertion that only victims of “legitimate rape” could get pregnant “were outrageous, over the pail.” [sic]…
“I don’t know anybody who would agree with that,” the candidate said. “Rape is rape period, end of story.”
KDKA Political Editor Jon Delano noted that Ryan’s congressional record showed that he had opposed abortion even in cases of rape and incest.
“Look, I’m proud of my pro-life record,” the Wisconsin congressman explained. “And I stand by my pro-life record in Congress. It’s something I’m proud of. But Mitt Romney is the top of the ticket and Mitt Romney will be president, and he will set the policy of the administration.”
Although Romney has repeatedly said that he backs a “personhood amendment” to define a fertilize egg as a person and ban abortion in all circumstances, he now says he “would not oppose” an exception for rape.
“You sponsored legislation that has the language ‘forcible rape,’” Delano pointed out to Ryan. “What is forcible rape?”
“Rape is rape,” Ryan replied, shaking his head. “Rape is rape, period. End of story.”
“So that forcible rape language meant nothing to you at the time?” Delano pressed.
“Rape is rape and there’s no splitting hairs over rape,” Ryan insisted.