Chris Matthews: Ryan Fetal Laws 'Radical Social Engineering'

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This was a night when Tweety was really in the zone, going into great detail about the ripple effects of the positions Paul Ryan takes on the rights of fetuses over women and calling it "radical social engineering."

He points out that no matter what your moral or ethical position on abortion, you have to look at the legal results of these fetal personhood crusades. Kate Michelman talks about how Paul Ryan has been a major mover in trying to take away reproductive rights from woman.

Huffington Post also is turning the spotlight on Ryan's anti-woman record:

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) cosponsored a bill that would give fetuses full personhood rights from the moment of fertilization, which was even rejected by voters in the socially conservative state of Mississippi. He voted to defund federal family planning programs, authored a budget that dismantles Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, all of which disproportionately aid and employ women, and voted multiple times to prevent women in the military from using their own money to pay for abortions at military hospitals.

Ryan also supported a highly controversial bill that Democrats nicknamed the "Let Women Die Act," which would have allowed hospitals to refuse to provide a woman emergency abortion care, even if her life is on the line.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund said in a statement on Saturday morning that Ryan has earned zero percent on its women's health voting scorecard, and other women's rights group expressed similar alarm.

We already know what Republicans believe. Now we have to stop them from imposing those beliefs on the rest of us.


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