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Paul Ryan Says Rape Is A ‘Method Of Conception’

Tue, August 28, 2012 3:45pm EDT by Dory Larrabee 13 Comments

Paul Ryan, the Republican nominee for Vice President under candidate Mitt Romney, recently spoke about abortion and his words are causing quite the backlash. Keep reading to see what he said!

In an interview with a Tennessee-based CBS affiliate, Paul Ryan said that he is pro-life. But that isn’t the only position he holds that is causing controversy.

The reporter asked if Ryan thought that rape was a legitimate reason to get an abortion. He responded, “I’m very proud of my pro-life record, and I’ve always adopted the idea that, the position that the method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life.”

We recently spoke with Katherine Hull, a spokesperson for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network [RAINN] who commented on Rep. Todd Akin‘s controversial stance, that some rapes are “legitimate” and some are not — but neither are cause for abortion.

She tells EXCLUSIVELY, “Simply put, Rep. Akin’s claim is ridiculous. While there was such a time when it was commonly believed that pregnancy couldn’t result from rape, that time was hundreds of years ago. Now we know better. Each year, thousands of women become pregnant as the result of rape, and many more survivors are faced with PTSD, depression and other long-term results of the crime. Supporting survivors — and recognizing the impact of the crime on them — is the very least we should expect from our political leaders.”

How do you feel about this very controversial issue, HollywoodLifers? Vote below.

— Reporting by Russ Weakland, Written by Dory Larrabee

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