The news from the US is that Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has selected Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate. Ryan, who is a Wisconsin congressman is reputed to be strongly pro-life and has been quoted as saying he would never vote for abortion. Ryan also has an impressive record on other life and family issues.
On the Life Issue Ryan,
- Co-sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.
- Voted to amend the health care law so that no federal funds may be used to pay for any part of any healthcare plan that offers abortion coverage.
- Voted for the Abortion Pain Bill and the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.
- Voted to prohibit partial birth abortion.
On Marriage Ryan,
- Voted for a resolution proposing a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.
- Voted against repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
On Religious Liberty Ryan
- Voted for the Religious Liberty Protection Act of 1999.
On Obamacare (the HHS mandate) Ryan is quoted as saying
“This is much, much bigger than about contraception. This is about religious freedom, First Amendment rights, and how this progressive philosophy of fungible rights of a living breathing constitution really clashes and collides with these core rights that we built our society and country around.”
On Embryonic Life Ryan;
- Voted against the Stem Cell Research Act of 2007, which would have required the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct and support research on embryonic stem cells.
- Voted in favor of developing methods to produce stem cells without using human embryos.
LifeSiteNews.com reports that Romney introduced the pro-life Catholic as his vice presidential choice at a campaign stop in Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday morning.
In his acceptance speech Ryan said,
“America is more than a place; it’s an idea. It’s the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not government.”“We won’t replace our founding principles,” Ryan promised. “We will reapply them!”