Thanks to Paul Ryan, GOP candidate Mitt Romney is gaining, and solidifying, fans in the “anti-choice” crowd, writes ColorLines Akiba Solomon. Romney’s choice gives those who are staunchly opposed to birth control or organizations like Planned Parenthood an ally in the handsome heartland conservative.
To be fair, the House budget committee chair may very well love the United States, nature, and even the progressive ideas that hot pink has come to symbolize. But as Imara Jones has outlined, Ryan’s economic plan to do a reverse Robin Hood on taxes, privatize granny’s Medicare, gut food stamps and Medicaid, dismantle Social Security and create a national monument to Ayn Rand* trump his aesthetics. Ryan’s reproductive health views are equally disturbing, from a race and reproductive justice point of view.
In a 2010 essay posted on his pretty web site, Ryan straight ignores the agency