paul ryanI like my reproductive rights. No, I LOVE them. I lerve them. I luff them. I hope I'll never have to exercise the full extent of them --  but I like knowing that they're there just in case. And you know what? I AM worried about what would happen to those rights under a Romney/Ryan presidency.

Last night moderator Martha Raddatz asked Paul Ryan point-blank: "I want to go back to the abortion question here. If the Romney-Ryan ticket is elected, should those who believe that abortion should remain legal be worried?" Ryan's answer: Some malarkey about unelected judges making decisions. I'll translate, though. YES, we should be worried.

If you care about your reproductive rights, but think that these mushy social issues should take a back seat to economic issues, you need to reconsider. Because Paul Ryan is serious about this. Look at his record and the legislation he's supported. Paul Ryan wants to roll back reproductive rights. He said last night, "the policy of the Romney administration will be to oppose abortion except in the case of rape, incest, and the life of the mother." Can he get any clearer about that? And are you okay with that policy?

There's nothing ambiguous about this, ladies. A vote for Romney/Ryan is a vote against your reproductive rights. I don't see how anyone pro-choice can possibly be okay with this. Why would you vote against your own uterus?

Paul Ryan tried to pin this on more than his religious faith. "It's also because of reason and science." More malarkey! Just because he can name an embryo "Bean" doesn't mean there's consensus within the scientific community that life begins at conception. There isn't. 

He says he "respects" people who disagree with him -- but if he really did respect us he'd get out of our way. Passing legislation that takes my freedom of choice away is disrespectful.

Biden's answer took a completely different tone. As an individual he follows the Catholic's teachings about when life begins. But he's very clear about not imposing his religious beliefs on the rest of us, and I respect his beliefs all the more because of that.

But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews, and I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the—the congressman. I — I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that — women they can’t control their body. It’s a decision between them and their doctor. In my view and the Supreme Court, I’m not going to interfere with that.

Thank you, Mr. Vice President! I don't want you or any politician interfering with a decision that should stay between me and my doctor. We now know the Romney/Ryan policy on reproductive rights -- and that policy scares me. We need to pay attention to that.

Are reproductive rights an important issue for you this election season? 

 

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