PolitiFact Wisconsin | Obama says Ryan supports banning all abortions
”From his first campaigns, in 1998 and in 2000, Ryan has said he supports an exception to any abortion ban for when the life of the mother is at risk. Abortions in such cases are rare, but they do occur.
The Obama campaign argues Ryan has been inconsistent on that point, saying Ryan does not back that exemption in cases involving a procedure known as “partial birth” abortion. Indeed, Journal Sentinel stories from 1998 quoted Ryan as clearly opposing a “life of the mother” exception in “partial-birth” abortion cases.
There is another, more recent, piece of information to consider.
Ryan is among 64 House Republicans who co-sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act, an anti-abortion bill that declares that human life shall be deemed to begin at fertilization, and should be protected from that point.
The legislation, which has stalled, reflects the budding movement — endorsed by Ryan — to enact “personhood” rights for the unborn.
It would weaken the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision by “giving back the right to individual states to outlaw abortion,” according to Gualberto Garcia Jones, legal analyst for Personhood USA.
Some legal observers, such as Harvard University’s I. Glenn Cohen say, that the measure’s declarations — the right to life “is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person” and “every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood” — can be read as hostile to the life of the mother exception” ….
RRD:Politifact is not always accurate, so this should be taken with a grain of salt.
One other point: ”life of the mother” is a higher hurdle than ”health of the mother”.
It is also vague: how much of a danger does Ryan believe there must be? 2% risk of death? 60%?
Paul Ryan on the Issues
”Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011) Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007) Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005) Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005) Voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004) Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother�s life. (Oct 2003) Voted YES on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003) Voted YES on funding for health providers who don’t provide abortion info. (Sep 2002) Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001) Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001) Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000) Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999) Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003) Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Dec 2006) Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008) Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans. (Jul 2010) Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011) Congress shall protect life beginning with fertilization. (Jan 2011) Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood. (Jan 2011) Grant the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment. (Jan 2007)”