Rep. Paul Ryan Co-Sponsors Fetal Rights Bill — Again!

It didn’t take long for grandma killer Paul Ryan’s anti-choice views to rear their ugly head again so soon after a bitter defeat in November. You may remember that Paulie Muscles was virtually joined at the hip with Republican crank Todd Aiken over fetuses even after he tried to distance himself from Aiken—which caused Romney much grief. And to set the record straight, Ryan still stood by his virulent anti-abortion record in Congress at the same time as he tried to say “rape is rape,” in his interview in PA.

It’s two months after the 2012 election and Ryan is back to his old tricks, trying to pass legislation that gives full legal rights to human zygotes from the moment of fertilization.

Despite the deep unpopularity of fetal personhood bills in 2012, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has again decided to cosponsorthe 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.

The personhood bill, first introduced in 2011 by Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and reintroduced by Broun last week, specifies that a “one-celled human embryo,” even before it implants in the uterus to create a pregnancy, should be granted “all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.” Similar legislation has been rejected by voters in multiple states, including the socially conservative Mississippi, 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

This must be a very deep-seated belief in Rep. Ryan’s psyche, since it failed in 2011 and it shows he’s not afraid to keep attacking women and their female parts — even as he makes his plans to run for the Oval Office in 2014.

The bill died in the House of Representatives in 2011, when a record number of anti-abortion bills were being passed, and it is equally unlikely to advance this year. The Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down a state personhood initiative in 2012, deeming it “clearly unconstitutional” because it blocks a woman’s legal right to have an abortion.

This bill is so far out there that Oklahoma called it unconstitutional and a non-starter. You’d have to be a committed pro-life zealot to continue on this path and Paul Ryan really stepped up big in that area.