Norman Goldman gave a misleading description of the Republican vice-presidential presumptive candidate’s position on abortion.
Regarding Congressman Akin, Goldman said, “If he has to get out , Paul Ryan has to get out because Paul Ryan has exactly the same position, exactly the same, no difference at all on a woman’s right to choose in a case of rape and incest.
“So Paul Ryan, you’ve got to resign your “Republicon” nomination. There you go, it’s all over.” (Republican is misspelled because Goldman uses the “Republicon,” apparently trying to get across the negative connotation of con.)
Though Ryan has expressed two seemingly contradictory views, it is incorrect to say his position mirrors Rep. Todd Akin’s.
Akin caused a major stir when he said, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Ryan hasn’t expressed agreement with that position.
That’s why we say Goldman’s statement is misleading. Following are Ryan’s positions on abortion:
Ryan and Romney have called for Akin to resign his Senate race against incumbent Claire McCaskill (D-MO). Ryan’s statement, difficult to reconcile we believe, is that he accepts the GOP campaign plank against all abortions, including cases of rape and incest.
However personally, he is not opposed to abortion in those cases, entirely or especially because Mitt Romney, at the top of the ticket, sets the White House position.
It’s hard to credibly try to take both sides. We think that’s what Ryan may be doing. Not that Democrats haven’t done the same thing.