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STORY: Romney & Ryan Condemn Republican Comments On Rape & Abortion 

VP pick Paul Ryan said that although he’s backing Mitt Romney’s position on abortion, which allows exceptions for incest or rape, he still defends his own record on abortion rights issues, including a bill he co-sponsored with embattled Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), known as the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which wanted to redefine rape as “forcible rape.”

According to The Hill:

When asked about legislation he sponsored with Akin that did not include those exceptions, the vice presidential hopeful said he was “proud of my pro-life record.”

“That bill passed, I think, by 251 votes,” Ryan said. “It was bipartisan. I think HR-3 is the one you are talking about. I think we had 251 votes, 16 Democrats.”

Ryan, though, insisted he would back Romney’s stance on abortion rights issues, which would allow more flexibility than he has preferred.

“I’m proud of my record,” Ryan said. “Mitt Romney is going to be president and the president sets policy. His policy is exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother. I’m comfortable with it because it’s a good step in the right direction.”

Ryan did however tell Akin, who came under fire this week for saying women who had been the victims of “legitimate rape” could biologically avoid pregnancy, to drop out the Senate race he is currently involved in.

The abortion issue is only widening the gap between the Republicans and women, as the GOP continues to fight against a woman’s right to choose.

SOURCE: The Hill

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