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Democrats tie Romney-Ryan to Akin's 'legitimate rape' comments

It's no secret that Mitt Romney has voiced his support for draining taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood. But did you know that his running mate, Paul Ryan, is pro-rape?

That's the suggestion coming from the national Democratic Party with this graphic linking Romney-Ryan to Missouri Congressman Todd Akin's shocking comments on "legitimate rape":

Eek.  The GOP is "dangerously wrong" for women now, eh?  That's what DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz claims in her latest fundraising plea:

I'm outraged at the Republicans trying to take women back to the dark ages -- if you agree, join me in taking a stand for women.

Really, it's deeply concerning that Republicans continue to support legislation that is, quite literally, dangerous for women.

Mitt Romney famously says he would "get rid of" federal funding for Planned Parenthood if he had the chance. His running mate, Paul Ryan, was one of more than 200 Republican cosponsors of a piece of legislation that would have narrowed the definition of rape.

Can you imagine -- the same Republican House that refuses to pass a jobs bill jumped at the opportunity to make life harder for victims of rape?

Akin's comments can't really be defended, although I hardly think the congressman is "pro-rape" as many are now labeling him.  But it's a serious stretch trying to tie Romney and Ryan to him.

Romney wants to defund Planned Parenthood: True -- Romney believes taxpayer dollars shouldn't go to supporting an organization that provides abortions.

Paul Ryan wants to redefine rape: False.  This smear of Ryan has been spreading around the liberal blogosphere and relates to a bill the Wisconsin congressman co-sponsored a bill that defined "forcible rape."  Rather than do a bit of critical thinking as to why a United States congressman would want to define "rape," Democrats assumed Ryan was pro-rape and wanted to protect his pro-rape friends, or something.

In reality, Ryan's bill -- the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" -- would codify the so-called Hyde Amendment.  And by defining "forcible rape," Ryan's measure would ensure that taxpayer dollars didn't go to funding abortions in cases of oh, say, statutory rape, which is often consensual among teenagers.  Obviously statutory rape by an 18-year-old with his consenting 17-year-old girlfriend is different from a violent, "forcible" rape.  But for differentiating between the two and ensuring that taxpayer dollars aren't used as birth control for irresponsible teenagers, Paul Ryan is "pro-rape."  Sure.

Playing politics with rape is nothing new for liberal Democrats.  Twitchy has a comprehensive account of the left's other politicization of the crime:

Vice President Joe Biden tried to sell the jobs bill by wishing rape on his opponents.

Sen. Al Franken and supporters pretended that Republicans wanted to deny rape victims the ability to bring criminal charges against their assailants.

Despicable femme-a-gogues minimized the horror of rape, claiming that mandatory pre-abortion ultrasounds were just as traumatizing and invasive.

Leftists like Keith Olbermann insist sexual assaults at Occupy camps never happened and that a 23-year-old Occupier had consensual sex with a 14-year-old runaway.

When countless leftists called for their ideological brother Roman Polanski to be let off the hook for drugging and violently raping a 13-year-old girl, Whoopi Goldberg explained that his crime wasn’t “rape-rape.”

New Black Panther Party leader Quanell X assailed the character of an 11-year-old gang rape victim while holding a rally in support of her alleged attackers.

But yeah, it's Republicans whose policies are "dangerous" for women...

One last thing…
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