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Friday, October 12, 2012
Open Letter to Congressman Paul Ryan
I listened to your debate tonight with Vice President Joe Biden. Being a pro-life leader, I will focus on that area of the debate. When the moderator, Martha Raddatz, tossed you the question about abortion, you had an opportunity to speak clearly on this most important topic not just for the people of the United States, but for the people of the entire world. Instead of giving a strong defense for the preborn and the defenseless, all you did was speak like a politician.
The reason life is the most important topic is because without it, you can’t have liberty or the pursuit of happiness. Without life you have nothing. The unborn have nobody else to speak for them. They only have those of us who have a clarity of the life issues. I’m sorry to say, you do not have that clarity.
“This debate is indeed historic. We have two Catholic candidates, first time on a stage such as this, and I would like to ask you both to tell me what role your religion has played in your own personal views on abortion. Please talk about how you came to that decision. Talk about how your religion played a part in that. And please, this is such an emotional issue for so many people in this country. Please talk personally about this if you could.”
“I don’t see how a person can separate their public life from their private life or from their faith. Our faith informs us in everything we do. My faith informs me about how to take care of the vulnerable, about how to make sure that people have a chance in life.
Now, you want to ask basically why I’m pro-life? It’s not simply because of my Catholic faith. That’s a factor, of course, but it’s also because of reason and science. You know, I think about 10 1/2 years ago, my wife Janna and I went to Mercy Hospital in Janesville where I was born for our seven-week ultrasound for our firstborn child, and we saw that heartbeat. Our little baby was in the shape of a bean, and to this day, we have nicknamed our firstborn child, Liza, “Bean.” (Chuckles.)
Now, I believe that life begins at conception.
That’s why—those are the reasons why I’m pro-life.”
I have to say, that answer was just okay, but then you added:
“Now, I understand this is a difficult issue. And I respect people who don’t agree with me on this.”
Really? Why did you have to go there? Are you saying that you respect people who want to allow the killing of innocent human beings in the womb? I don’t have to respect their views to respect the person. I respect my father, but I don’t respect his support for abortion.
You then added:
“But the policy of a Romney administration will be to oppose abortion with the exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.”
Oppose abortion? What does that mean? Romney last week said:
“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”
Please don’t say you will have a policy to oppose abortion when you don’t have a policy to end it now.
So where do you stand Congressman Ryan? At this point, you stand as a politician who gives political answers, just like so many other weak Republicans who give in to the establishment and the mainstream.
As for the other part of your statement, concerning the “exceptions”, wow, you sure are generous with other people’s lives. You are saying “If you are a result of rape or incest, well, forget you. You don’t qualify as a person in my “pro-life” book.” And as for life of the mother, The American Life League has produced a document signed by nearly 500 Physicians who have stated that “it is never necessary to intentionally destroy a child’s life by abortion to save the life of the mother.”
Raddatz then asked:
“If the Romney-Ryan ticket is elected, should those who believe that abortion should remain legal be worried?”
“We don’t think that unelected judges should make this decision; that people, through their elected representatives and reaching a consensus in society through the democratic process, should make this determination.”
First of all, I would have answered “The preborn always have a reason to be worried. Democrats believe they don’t have a right to live.”
I have to ask you sir, how did you make it so far in government?? Our Constitution was set up to protect us from tyrants and villains. It was set up to prevent a majority from voting away rights and liberties of the minority. It was set up to defend the defenseless. Everyone in America has an equal right to protection from those who wish to do them harm. You can’t just have a majority vote & then say “okay, everyone with freckles dies today.”
Should we have had a consensus before we passed laws protecting minorities? Should we have had a consensus before passing laws to protect women? Is it necessary to reach a consensus to end the killing of over 3,500 innocent babies in the womb every single day? No sir, it is not. Abortion is murder.
Congressman Ryan, you had an opportunity to stand on principle and you failed. You gave political answers instead of answers backed by integrity. I seriously doubt you would defend any member of your family by saying “Hey America, let’s vote on their right to live.”
You also had an opportunity to talk about how abortion hurts women, how they are emotionally and physically harmed by a procedure which tears their children from their wombs.
Vice President Biden said:
“... I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews and—I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the congressman.
I—I do not believe that—that we have a right to tell other people that women, they—they can’t control their body. It’s a decision between them and their doctor, in my view. And the Supreme Court—I’m not going to interfere with that.”
I have to say, I completely disagree with his view, but at least he says exactly what he means. Republicans are so wishy-washy on abortion it drives me nuts. Why can’t can’t you just grow a spine and speak strongly in defense of the preborn?
Congressman, you and Vice President Biden both believe life begins at conception. The difference? He had the guts to say he’s going to continue to allow the killing of the innocents while you just showed us you’re not going to do anything to stop him or others who believe abortion is a form of birth control.
Congressman Ryan, please look up and ask God, “Were those good answers I gave to the world in that debate? Did I do a good job defending Your Children, my brothers and sisters? If not, please give me guidance to defend the preborn just as if they were members of my own family”
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