Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999 to present
Rep. Paul Ryan has a long anti-choice record from his years in Congress.
- During his time in the House, Rep. Ryan has cast 60 votes on abortion and other reproductive-rights issues.1 All of these votes were anti-choice.
- He cosponsored "personhood" legislation that is so extreme that, if passed, it would ban abortion care in almost all cases, including rape or incest.2
- He cosponsored a measure that would force a woman to undergo an ultrasound before she can receive abortion care, even if her doctor doesn't recommend it and even if it is against the woman's will.3
- He has repeatedly voted to deny funding to Planned Parenthood.4
Rep. Ryan has been outspoken on his anti-choice views:
- He reiterated his opposition to abortion for women who survive rape when he said, "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."5
- "I'm as pro-life as a person gets. You're not going to have a truce. Judges are going to come up. Issues come up, they're unavoidable, and I'm never going to not vote pro-life." 6
- Paul Ryan mocked the War on Women: "Now it's a war on women; tomorrow it's going to be a war on left-handed Irishmen or something like that." 7
Read Rep. Ryan's full profile.
News & Updates
With 18 days until Election Day, anti-choice politicians showed a blatant disregard for issues important to women. Rep. Joe Walsh’s claim that pregnancy never threatens a woman’s life is one of many offensive statements women need to hear.
In the vice presidential debate, Rep. Paul Ryan told voters that a Romney administration would outlaw abortion except in the most extreme circumstances.
We hope Rep. Paul Ryan is made to answer for his extreme anti-choice positions at the upcoming vice presidential debate. Pro-choice voters need to know just how bad the Romney-Ryan ticket is for women and their families.
Rep. Paul Ryan said that a health exception in an abortion ban "is a loophole wide enough to drive a Mack truck through it."
Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s running mate, exposed his blatant lack of compassion for rape survivors when he referred to rape as just another “method of conception.”
1 -NARAL Pro-Choice America, Congressional Record on Choice (1993-2011); Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2012, H.R.3541, 5/31/12.
2 - H.R.212, 112th Cong. § 1 (2011); H.R.227, 111th Cong. § 1 (2009); Unborn Victims of Violence Act, H.R.2436, 9/30/99; Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2001, H.R.503, 4/26/01; Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004, H.R.1997, 2/26/04.
3 - H.R.3805, 112th Cong. § 2 (2012).
4 - Pence amendment to FY’08 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, H.R.3043, 7/19/07; Pence amendment to FY’10 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, H.R.3293, 7/24/09; Pence amendment to FY’11 Continuing Resolution, H.R.1, 2/18/11; Enrollment Resolution to FY’11 Continuing Resolution, H.Con.Res.36, 4/14/11.
5 - The Raw Story, "Ryan on abortion exceptions: Rape is just another ‘method of conception’," August 24, 2012.
6 - The Weekly Standard, “Paul Ryan: GOP Must Continue Fighting for the Right to Life,” September 22, 2010.
7 - The Washington Post, "At Fla. fundraiser, Paul Ryan mocks 'war on women'," October 18, 2012.
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