Now that the presidential election is over, Wisconsin’s Rep. Paul Ryan (R) can quit pretending he’s a moderate and get back to the business of cosponsoring radical bills. And since he’s just been tapped as a keynote speaker at an anti-choice gala in Washington this April, the timing of the introduction of the bill that would “give full legal rights to human zygotes from the moment of fertilization” makes perfect sense.
Despite the deep unpopularity of fetal personhood bills in 2012, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has again decided to cosponsor the Sanctity of Human Life Act, a bill that gives full legal rights to human zygotes from the moment of fertilization.
Ryan, who reportedly has 2016 presidential ambitions, had to de-emphasize his opposition to abortion without exceptions during the 2012 election to align his position with presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But this year, Ryan has been tapped as a keynote speaker for the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List’s sixth annual Campaign for Life Gala, and he is re-upping his support for the most extreme anti-abortion legislation in the country.
This type of legislation is so unpopular that even Mississippi voters have rejected it in the past in part, “because legal experts have pointed out that it could outlaw some forms of birth control and in vitro fertilization as well as criminalize abortion at all stages.”
But a far-right legislator’s gotta do what a far-right legislator’s gotta do, I guess. And those of us who know Paul Ryan knew all along that this type of legislation was coming.
Hey, don’t blame me; I supported Rob Zerban.