Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado (PPVC) released the following statement following Mitt Romney’s announcement that he has chosen Congressman Paul Ryan, whose record demonstrates he is a longtime opponent of women’s health care, as his vice presidential nominee:
“Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado sees firsthand the women who are being hurt by the policies that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan support,” said Cathy Alderman, PPVC vice president of public affairs. “Just like Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan wants to end safe and legal abortion; would work to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood’s cancer screenings, birth control, and other basic health care; and would repeal the Affordable Care Act, denying access to birth control, well-woman checkups, and other preventive care to millions of Coloradans in need of such care.”
Mitt Romney has clearly stated his intention to
- Overturn Roe v. Wade and end safe and legal abortion
- “Get rid” of Planned Parenthood, which would deny women access to birth control and cancer screenings
- End the nation’s family planning program, which provides preventive care to five million women, and cut off access to birth control for women who need it the most.
- Support so-called “personhood” efforts, which would give full constitutional rights to fertilized eggs and could ban IVF and take away a woman’s choice about what birth control to use. These measures are so out of touch with voters that they have been soundly rejected in Mississippi, Oklahoma and twice in Colorado.
“With a choice like Paul Ryan, this ticket is clearly wrong for women and the stakes in November couldn’t be higher,” said Alderman. “PPVC will be working tirelessly in the coming months to educate voters about Mitt Romney’s and Paul Ryan’s harmful and out-of-touch views on women’s health and to mobilize those voters on November 6, when we know that women will be deciding this election.”
Like Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan has a long record of attacks on women’s health care:
- He voted to end funding to Planned Parenthood, which would have denied nearly three million women and men annually the access to birth control and cancer screenings that Planned Parenthood health centers provide. [H. Con. Res. 36, 2/18/11]
- He wants to overturn Roe v. Wade and ban abortion in all cases, a decision that should be left up to a woman, her family, and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor. Ryan said he opposed all abortions and wants to end all safe and legal abortion with no exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of the woman. [Wisconsin State Journal, 10/9/98; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9/26/98]
- He wrote a plan to dismantle Medicaid, jeopardizing the basic health care millions of women rely on. His proposal to overhaul Medicaid would undermine women’s health by completely dismantling the Medicaid program, a key public health program that provides basic health care and family planning to millions of women, including well-woman exams, lifesaving cancer screenings, and contraceptive services. [Real Clear Politics, 4/5/11]
- Congressman Ryan co-sponsored a “personhood” bill last year, a dangerous measure that would give full constitutional rights to fertilized eggs and could ban some forms of birth control infertility treatment, and take away a woman’s decision about what birth control to use. [HR 212, introduced 1/7/11]
- He scores 0 percent on Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s Scorecard for his dismal record when it comes to voting in favor of women’s access to health care. [Planned Parenthood Action Fund Congressional Scorecard]
- He has tried repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would take away full coverage for birth control and well-woman exams, allow insurance companies to resume charging women more than men for coverage, allow insurance companies to again deny coverage for pre-existing conditions (like breast cancer, pregnancy, and domestic violence), and make it harder for low-income women to get lifesaving cancer screenings. [Real Clear Politics, 4/5/11]