Paul Ryan’s Plan To Prevent Rape Victims From Having Abortions Is Inhumane

Wed, August 29, 2012 9:19pm EDT by 32 Comments
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Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan believes abortion should be illegal in virtually ALL cases and he would make that the law! He’d force rape victims to carry their babies to term. Isn’t that punishing the victims twice?

When Lisa Doyle’s daughter, Julie Olson, now 25, was a high school junior and a virgin, she tagged along with a friend to a local party where she ended up being drugged and raped. She has no memory to this day of how she actually got home.However when she woke up the next morning she was bruised and bleeding. She knew she’d been raped. But she was so ashamed, filled with self loathing and guilt, that she told no one for three weeks.

For three weeks, she lived with the horror of her experience pent up inside and was terrified that she might also be pregnant and infected with a sexually transmitted disease.

Now, if vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan has his way, Julie, would not be able to have an abortion, if she had become pregnant during the attack. Ryan believes women should only be entitled to an abortion in cases in which a doctor decides an abortion is necessary to save a mother’s life. That’s it.

“I’m very proud of my pro-life record, and I’ve always adopted the idea that — the method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life,” he says.

Ryan actually co-sponsored the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” with the now-infamous Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, who recently told the world that women have the physical ability to prevent a pregnancy if they are undergoing a “legitimate” rape. Wow! That’s a close colleague of Paul Ryan.

So how does Lisa Doyle feel about the new vice-presidential nominee’s position that rape victims shouldn’t be able to get a legal abortion in the US?

“To say that the after effects of my daughter’s rape were devastating, is an understatement,” she told me. “I still remember so many nights when she would wake up shaking and having night terrors. Dealing with that, plus her extreme state of self loathing and her loss of dignity were all hard enough. Had we had to cope with that AND face a pregnancy — I can’t imagine how we could have gotten through that.”

Imagine that. Imagine feeling traumatized by a rape but also so totally helpless because you were being forced to carry your rapist’s baby. Imagine having no choice in the matter. “We’ve taken such a step back in time. I can’t believe that we’re even having these conversations,” says Doyle.

Exactly. But we are having these conversations because Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says the Supreme Court should reverse the landmark Roe v Wade decision to legalize abortion. And his vice-presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, has actively worked to restrict women’s access to abortion, even if they’ve been raped.

“Being raped is incredibly traumatic for a woman. Having political leaders take away their right to make their own decision about their physical and emotional health themselves, victimizes them all over again,” points out Yvette Lozano, director of Intervention Services at Peace Over Violence, an organization which provides counseling services for rape victims.

“A rape that results in a pregnancy could result in a lifetime of contact between a victim and her rapist,” points out Joelle Gomez, executive director of the Women’s Center in Stockton, Calif.

Can you imagine that? She points out that 80-90 percent of rape victims know their rapist in some way – as an acquaintance, an ex-boyfriend, a neighbor, a family member, etc. She says that they are often terrified of retaliation if they report the assault, so you can see how afraid they would be to carry their rapist’s child. If they did give birth to the baby, they might be forced to share parenting duties with their rapist.

“A victim could feel so devastated by being stripped of all her rights, on top of being raped, that it could have dire consequences,” Joelle fears. She worries that young women especially, might seek illegal abortion as they did in the past.

Joelle’s organization, a rape crisis center, counsels 4000 rape victims a year, and she says that it is rare for a victim to actually want to continue a rape pregnancy. But that would all change if Paul Ryan got his way.

What’s also amazing in all this discussion, is that there is NO discussion about how to punish rapists themselves — the perpetrators of violence against women.

That is all forgotten as Ryan, Akin and their supporters obsess about which rapes are “legitimate,” “forcible,” and how women need to be controlled.

“I lay next to my daughter holding her for hours as she cried,” remembers Lisa Doyle after her 17-year-old finally revealed that she had been raped. “To think that having a choice could have been taken away from my daughter, is absolutely sickening.”

What do you think Hollywoodlifers? Should rape victims lose their right to have an abortion or not?

– Bonnie Fuller

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Richie Aanderud

Posted at 8:50 PM on March 26, 2013  

THE ONLY QUESTION TO ANSWER IS —-SHOULD AN AMERICAN CITIZEN HAVE THE RIGHT AND CHOICE TO KILL ANOTHER INNOCENT AMERICAN CITIZEN !!! YES OR NO. !!!!!

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Richie Aanderud

Posted at 6:54 PM on March 26, 2013  

THE RAPE WAS VIOLENT. !!! THIS IS TERRIBLE. !!! IF THE WOMAN GETS AN ABORTION—NOW THEY HAVE CREATED ANOTHER “””” VIOLENT ACT. “””” WHEN DOES THE VIOLENCE STOP !!!! “””” KILLING AN INNOCENT UNBORN BABY IS CRIMINAL. !!!! THOU SHALL NOT KILL !!!! HAS ANYONE HEARD OF THIS LAW BEFORE ??

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Posted at 7:35 AM on November 3, 2012  

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Jodi

Posted at 2:21 PM on September 13, 2012  

The termination of a pregnancy hasn’t been illegal in hospitals in the United States since at least the earliest documented case, which was in the 1860′s, for cases of rape, incest and threat to the life of the mother. Anyone who has ever suggested differently was woefully misinformed. I actually take a form of chemotherapy that’s widely used to treat ectopic and tubal pregnancies…or “non-viable” fetuses that would most likely miscarry and/or harm the mother and the chemotherapy is suggested for chemical termination. It happens in the first trimester, often in the first twelve weeks. I’m surprised how few people who work outside hospitals (and even some people staffed inside hospitals!) don’t realize that pregnancy terminations (never labeled abortions…those are elective terminations with no justifiable medical cause) have never been illegal. I suppose our own laws about things like a husband raping his wife, etc., have changed over time. I also know they’ll use age as a threat to the mother…if a young girl who is thirteen or fourteen gets pregnant, they’ll do it at the hospital on grounds that her life could be in danger. Again, I believe they try chemical termination first. If it doesn’t work for some reason then they’ll go back again to follow up with a surgical. The chemotherapy is more reliable the earlier in the pregnancy you are. I take it once a week and it’s put me into peri-menopause…I can’t get pregnant while taking it, but my husband has had a vasectomy so I don’t worry about it. It apparently makes the uterus a “hostile environment” for development. I personally don’t like the idea of even risking fertilization so I’m secretly kind of glad my husband is shooting blanks…saves me the moral dilemma. :) Anyway, I hope I eased some fears about how the differences between ‘terminations’ and ‘abortions’.

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Richie Aanderud

Posted at 7:05 PM on March 26, 2013  

KILLING AN INNOCENT BABY HAS BEEN “””” WRONG FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS””” !!!!!
IF THE KILLING OF INNOCENT BABIES IS “””NOT WRONG”””” —-THAN “”””NOTHING IS WRONG””””. KILLING KIDS AND ADULTS WITH A GUN IS NOT WRONG EITHER. !!!!!!
THINK PEOPLE. !!! THINK PEOPLE. !!! IF WE CONTINUE TO KILL INNOCENT BABIES —
THAN ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES WILL LOOK LIKE —-”””THE WALKING DEAD “””—-WHOEVER HAS THE MOST GUNS WILL WIN !!!!!

IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT !!!!

GIRLS HAVE BEEN WARNED FOR AT LEAST 50 YEARS—NOT TO TAKE DRUGS OR ANY DRINKS AT ANY PARTIES —-OR RISK THE CHANCE OF RAPE !!!! SO IF THEY GET PREGNANT —THEY WILL MAKE THE BABY PAY THE PRICE OF —DEATH. !!!!

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An In-Bra Feminist

Posted at 5:13 PM on September 5, 2012  

The issue is not abortion or rape HL. It is the society sanctioned sex-ed ignorance of women. It is
womens vulnerability – both internally through low self esteem – or externally through patriarchal environments. It is poor contraception access (before or after sex). These factors lead to abortions. Rape victims are usually too scared, poor or ignorant to seek early post rape help (within 72 hours) resulting in huge numbers of post rape pregnancy. If you’ve been inseminated you’re already past the point of no return. Now you’re in the world of choice and impending pregnancy. By denying rights, education and accessible healthcare to women the Government et al deliberately attempt to make women weak and disposable. Yet all this does is ramp abortion rates through the roof. What help schemes do these Pro-life men offer new and vulnerable mothers or raped mothers? List them please. Or is it OK to let a kid die through poverty – as long as it was born first? Abortions leave women with huge emotional scars and are not easy choices. To think that shows a real ignorance of the effects of abortion on women.

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Barry Hussein

Posted at 10:46 AM on September 5, 2012  

Liberals and Democrats are the only ones who put more effort into killing an unwanted baby then in getting the death penalty for the rapist. You would rather kill the inocent baby than the vile human being who raped the mother. What’s wrong with that picture?

Good thing for you your mother didn’t believe in abortions.

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Honey Bucket

Posted at 11:54 AM on August 31, 2012  

All abortion should remain legal. We fought for this right and want to keep it.
Politicians should stay out of a personal decision between a woman and her doctor.
We will never vote for any politician who isn’t pro Choice.

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Martha Speaks

Posted at 7:25 PM on August 30, 2012  

I don’t know what is worse… the one sided, twisted political posts or the idiotic responses you get in comments. Stick to entertainment news. You are out of your element otherwise.

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Jess

Posted at 7:18 PM on August 30, 2012  

It’s not the baby’s fault that it was conceived because of rape. Rape is a horrible thing that sick demented perverted people do to innocent victims. However abortion is killing an innocent baby. Rapists need to be punished severely and have absolutely no contact with the child that they conceived through rape

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Jennifer

Posted at 12:32 PM on August 30, 2012  

Paul Ryan and the 12% that voted “Yes” are messed up in the head. Women should be able to make their own choices, not some 50 year old man!

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marg

Posted at 12:19 PM on August 30, 2012  

This guy is a lunatic!!

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Kim Coder

Posted at 11:59 AM on August 30, 2012  

typical democrats trying to deflect from the messed up economy, the national debt, the destruction of our freedoms and the socialist agenda. you are pathetic.

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kellie

Posted at 12:13 PM on August 30, 2012  

How is the debt of the nation affecting you? It’s not. I don’t get why people are all pi$$ y about the national debt. It’s nkt like the government is going to come knocking on your door telling you need to give them $100,000 to pay it off.. I’d be more concerned about a friend, coworker, sister, daugbter etc getting raped and forced to have the rapists baby. Until it happens to you, you have no reason to have a say in it.

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None Yo

Posted at 2:44 PM on August 30, 2012  

The fact that you don’t think the national debt affects you is truly frightening to me.

 
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An In-Bra Feminist

Posted at 4:16 PM on September 5, 2012  

The removal of the right to abortion is the removal of a hard won freedom. It is the destruction of a freedom – so you contradict yourself. Just saying honey :)

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Do Unto Others

Posted at 12:47 PM on September 9, 2012  

Abortion is the destruction of a life, just saying honey :)

 
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Richie Aanderud

Posted at 7:13 PM on March 26, 2013  

ALL HUMANS ARE PROTECTED UNDER THE CONSTITUTION. !!!! THE BABY IS A HUMAN AT THE TIME OF CONCEPTION. !!!! HOW COULD YOU AS A CITIZEN OF THE USA —DECIDE WHICH HUMANS SHOULD LIVE OR DIE. ??? ESPECIALLY A HEALTHY HUMAN BABY. !!! THE BABY HAS THE SAME RIGHTS AS THE MOTHER!!!!! THE RIGHT TO LIFE. !!!!!
YOU ARE NOT GOD—YOU CANNOT DECIDE TO KILL AN INNOCENT BABY !!!!!

 
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Melissa

Posted at 9:46 AM on August 30, 2012  

So if a woman is raped and can’t get an abortion who’s going to stop her from getting a coat hanger and doing it herself? This is the stupidest thing I’ve heard of. Until a man is raped and gets pregnant then stay out of it! Until you can grow a vagina, stay out of ours!!

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None Yo

Posted at 9:19 AM on August 30, 2012  

I think you need to keep your political opinions to yourself. This is a Hollywood gossip website. People don’t come here to read about your personal opinions, especially regarding politics.

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Mina

Posted at 8:15 AM on August 30, 2012  

And then – when little Babys get abused and killed everyone is asking Whyyyy? Come on – wake up – unwanted Babys feel that they are not wanted and not loved – their lives will be full of suffering and hate – maybe even to others.

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Barry Hussein

Posted at 10:51 AM on September 5, 2012  

Why don’t they give the baby up for adoption? There are plenty of loving families just waiting for a baby to adopt. Maybe you would see more gay couples with an American baby instead of a gay couple with a Chinese baby. Now that kid is in for a world of confusion and hate.

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papaya

Posted at 3:29 AM on August 30, 2012  

Okay personally I wouldn’t choose to have an abortion, saying that, i am not in that position that most females are in, BUT I do believe that abortion should be made available for the decisions of the female to make, it most certainly should not be subjected to the state’s decisions. Abortion should be an option for those become pregnant as a result of RAPE; Rape is disgusting and inhumanly and by forcing someone to carry a life inside you from that would be even more worse than rape itself, think about the mental health of the woman that this may caused or provoke further as well as the well being of the child to be born!
By taking away this rights and freedom to choose for all woman! Not only that, it would only cause form harm than doing any good for the mother and child!
A man’s voice should not be voiced unless he had gone through that situation himself!!!

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Richie Aanderud

Posted at 7:18 PM on March 26, 2013  

IF THE MOTHER CAN DECIDE TO KILL HER OWN BABY—THAN EVERY PERSON CAN DECIDE TO KILL A NEIGHBOR OR NOT KILL A NEIGHBOR!!! WHEN YOU GIVE PEOPLE THIS SAME CHOICE–THAN YOU OPEN THE KILLING OPTION UP TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO KILL !!!! “”””” WE WILL ALL BE IN THE WALKING DEAD “”” !!!! EVERY COMMUNITY WILL BE IN THE WALKING DEAD !!!!

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Ari

Posted at 10:53 PM on August 29, 2012  

I think if your are impregnated by rape you should definately be allowed to have an abortion. They didn’t chose to have sex they were forced. To people who are raped don’t be ashamed it’s not your fault and don’t hide it, tell the police and get to a hospital to make sure you are ok and that the monster who did this to you is put away.

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Kiki

Posted at 10:22 PM on August 29, 2012  

It is quite true The republican candidates for this presidential election have a strong opinion against abortion and a low opinion of women in general. This kind of delicate choice should be individual and personal. The state can’t rappresent only the mentality of ultra religious people. It should make laws that consider different point of view and then give you the liberty to apply your own belives. So if I decide to have an abortion it should be my choice and if someone decide not to have one it also should be their choice. Politician shouldn’t force their religion on 300 million of people so just they can sleep better at night.

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Barry Hussein

Posted at 11:06 AM on September 5, 2012  

No politician should force me to pay for some woman’s birth control so she can screw anyone, anytime and then make me pay for her abortion. It was her choice not mine. Why should my tax dollars go to that? And you think Republicans have a low opinion of women in general? When was the last time the Democrats tried to truly help a single mother get off welfare instead of keeping her there? Want to help out women? How about doing something to lower the price of gas so she can afford to fill up her tank and take her kids to soccer practice? Or maybe lower fuel costs will also help with the cost of food which has skyrocketed under this President. As long as you are a slutty woman who wants free birth control and free abortions then the Democrats will be your party of choice.

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Richie Aanderud

Posted at 8:46 PM on March 26, 2013  

THIS HAS NOTHNG TO DO WITH A POLITICAL PARTY—THIS IS ABOUT “””” KILLING AN INNOCENT BABY””””. YES INNOCENT BABY !!!!! IF AN INNOCENT BABY IN THE MOTHER’S WOMB IS NOT SAFE FROM MURDER— THAN NONE OF US ARE SAFE FROM ANOTHER CITIZEN WHO WANTS TO KILL US. THINK PEOPLE–THINK. !!!!

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PS

Posted at 9:31 PM on August 29, 2012  

Just like 90% of your stories this is BS, maybe not the story of the girl, but the part about what Paul Ryan said. Don’t use made up statements to forward your agenda.

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sean

Posted at 12:40 AM on August 30, 2012  

i think Paul Ryan should meet a 12 inch dildo……he won’t have to worry about pregnancy though!

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JJ

Posted at 9:06 AM on August 30, 2012  

HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!!!! Totally agree with you!!!

 
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amy

Posted at 2:58 PM on August 31, 2012  

The statement wasn’t bs. Paul Ryan did actually make that comment in an interview. I’m not sure exactly what website it was on but there is a video interview with him and he says it, word for word. You can google it. They did not make up the statement or use it out of context or anything like that.

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