Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as potential vice president is a bold move.
Over the last month, I have experienced campaign overload. Romney's announcement is good news in the last several months of political bombast on both sides. I feel encouraged after reading Paul Ryan's record on women's issues.
According to an interview he gave John McCormack of the Weekly Standard in 2010, Ryan said, “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.’” This is precisely the kind of vehement resolve we need.
Some have declared Ryan as waging a "war on women" since he entered the House of Representatives in 1999. I feel just the opposite; in fact, I feel more liberated a man would expend his energy and his passion to the unborn since he had the power to publicly do so.
Ryan has left no doubt that he is pro-life. Yes, I agree, he is extreme and this leaves no one questioning where he stands on the issues such as abortion and birth control. This is commendable. Ryan's fierce stance has been about the complete liberation of women; liberating them to choose life. He has been a clarion call to restore justice where we have elevated personal choice above what is paramount: protecting the miracle of life at any cost. I think the general idea of a liberated woman among the general population is shortsighted. As a nation, we can't continue to use our freedom of choice as justification for passing laws that exterminate the future generations.
In the recent Aurora Shooting Massacre, Ashley Moser lost her 6-year old daughter. Ashley herself was paralyzed from the waist down and also tragically suffered a miscarriage due to the shooting. Many news sites have reported Moser's 6-year old daughter as the youngest victim to die. Moser's other child was eight weeks old when Moser miscarried due to the gunshot trauma. Life Site News reports, "Due to Colorado law, no charges can be levied against Holmes for the death of Moser’s second child, the 13th murder victim of the mass shooting. Karen Steinhauser, an adjunct professor at the University of Denver and a former prosecutor said homicide charges in Colorado only apply to those “who had been born and alive.”
I realize this is just one example but how can we call this justice under current law? I doubt Ashley Moser is feeling any liberation in her grief of the real loss of not only her 6-year-old daughter but also the loss of her unborn baby. This is the kind of injustice that Paul Ryan would wage war on; a war with women and their children -- not against them.
Former Colorado Republican congresswoman-turned-pro-life-activist Marilyn Musgrave told The Daily Caller that the death of Moser’s unborn child highlights the importance of unborn murder protections. Musgrave noted that legislation to extend protections to unborn children who die or are injured during a crime against the mother failed in the Colorado House this spring.
Concerned Women for America, a conservative, anti-abortion group celebrated Romney's choice. "Paul Ryan is an energetic and solid social conservative," said CWA president and CEO Penny Nance. "He has tirelessly supported the unborn and voted in favor of a federal marriage amendment. In addition, he showed great courage and willingness to make the hard decisions needed to clean our fiscal house by actually putting pen to paper and advancing a plan." The National Right to Live Committee scores him as “a 100 percent pro-life voting record” ever since he entered the House in 1999. Ryan was a co-sponsor of the federal Sanctity of Human Life Act, which proposed life begins at fertilization. The bill states that a fertilized egg should "have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood." During Ryan's time in the House, he has voted four times to defund Planned Parenthood.
Ryan has opposed federally funded family planning services since he entered politics in 1999 as the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district. He denied birth-control coverage to federal employees and also has repeatedly voted against international family-planning programs. Along with Romney, Ryan strongly opposed Obama's policy to mandate religious-affiliated institutions provide insurance coverage for birth control.
As someone that values new life, at any cost, I unashamedly support and respect Paul Ryan's stance on women's issues, and I feel more convinced about casting my vote for Romney after Paul Ryan has been added to the ticket.