Saturday, August 18, 2012

Paul Ryan’s Anti-Women Platform…

Romney sticks it to the working class; Ryan sticks it to women!
What a joke!

As if Mitt Romney hasn’t done enough to prove he represents just the wealthy, at the expense of the lower-income and middle class population, he picks Paul Ryan as his running mate. Paul Ryan is a man who, if he had his way, would set women back to the Stone Age. I have tried not to read any of the things he stands for, but there is always someone or something bringing politics to my attention. Now I have to say something.

I came across the list below of Paul Ryan’s stand on women rights. I feel like I took a ride in a time machine, back to the Dark Ages. Susan B. Anthony must be on a perpetual roll in her grave. I can’t even wrap my mind around this kind of thinking. The list speaks for itself, I really don’t need to add more, but I will.

Paul Ryan doesn’t believe that women should get equal pay for equal work.Really? I’d like to meet the woman who agrees with that. Are there actually conservative women who are okay with this position? Is this okay for your daughters and granddaughters to make less money than a man? It’s not okay with me. I have two daughters. One day they may have daughters. I would like them to be treated fairly and equally in the workforce. I don’t like it that their salary might be based on gender and not the job or job performance. Of course Paul Ryan has two sons so maybe it’s fine with him, they won’t be affected.

Paul Ryan is against abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. I am against abortion too. I think it’s being used way too often, in pregnancies that could be avoided in the first place. It was not meant to be a form of birth control. I don’t want to debate the whole abortion issue, however I am upset at how radial his stand is on this issue. In cases of rape and incest, I have always felt that abortion should be an option. The reasons are obvious and don’t need to be stated. No woman should have to have a baby that was created in an act of brutality. Imagine Paul Ryan telling you that your daughter would not be able to terminate a pregnancy resulting from rape or incest? How can anyone agree with that? Of course, Paul Ryan has two sons, so he is not concerned with our daughters.

If Paul Ryan has his way, he would eliminate Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood has been around almost 100 years and provides health care services for women such as: preventing unwanted pregnancy, pap tests, breast exams, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and yes 3% of their services involve abortions. Without their vital services many women, men and teens would have no where to turn. Is this really necessary and has he thought out the consequences of such a policy?

Paul Ryan does want insurance companies to pay for birth control and wants to make some forms of it illegal. Again, we have the argument that birth control is used to treat other women’s health issues, not just prevent pregnancy. And why wouldn’t you want to prevent pregnancy? Isn’t preventing a pregnancy a better option than an abortion? Do we really want to bring children into this world who are unwanted or cannot be provided for? I just don’t get it. The fact is that when a woman or teen gets pregnant, many times the father takes off and leaves the raising of the child to the mother. She is lucky if she can get child support. And then, often times, she may need public assistance. How many more of these situations will we have without birth control as an option? It would cause many women to drop out of school, or be unable to work. Wouldn’t this be more of a drain on society? But, Paul Ryan has sons, so maybe he isn’t concerned about unwanted pregnancies.

And finally, Paul Ryan would outlaw in vitro fertilization. Here we have a man who is pro-life and against birth control and abortion, seeking to prevent wanted pregnancy too. He is heartless enough to want to deny women and couples with fertility problems, the right to have a baby through in vitro fertilization. Paul Ryan was never a woman who longed to have a baby. He doesn’t know how that feels. He has two children of his own, so what does he care of the next couple can’t have children? I wonder if his wife hadn’t been able to have children, if he would be taking this position? As a mother of daughters, I am glad that science has progressed to the point that if they have problems conceiving, there are alternative options available. How dare he take away a woman’s chance of having her own baby?

Is this what conservatives mean when they say they want government out of their business? They want less government interference in our lives, unless it‘s for telling women what they can and cannot do? What’s next? Will Paul Ryan suggest we revoke a women’s right to vote?

As or Mitt Romney, this is his first major decision as "would be President." As far as I am concerned he failed.  He didn’t choose someone who I have trust and confidence in. Paul Ryan is clearly against women’s rights and equality. If these are the things Paul Ryan freely admits to standing behind, what more does he have in mind that we aren’t aware of? I shutter to think about it. If you have daughters, you should too.

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