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Rep. Paul Ryan's Support for Forced Ultrasounds

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398px-Paul_Ryan_official_portrait_2.jpgWe recently told you about Rep. Paul Ryan's stance on "personhood," his 59 anti-choice votes in the U.S. House, and his statement:

"I'm as pro-life as a person gets. You're not going to have a truce. Judges are going to come up. Issues come up, they're unavoidable, and I'm never going to not vote pro-life."

So it comes as no surprise that Rep. Paul Ryan also backed a bill that would force a woman to get a medically unnecessary ultrasound before she can access abortion care - even if she doesn't want one and even if her doctor doesn't recommend it.

His position isn't far off from Gov. Bob McDonnell in Virginia - remember him?

His state made national headlines when anti-choice politicians passed a bill that would force a woman seeking abortion care to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound. Gov. McDonnell became known as the "transvaginal governor," and independent polling indicates Gov. McDonnell and the legislators who supported the forced-ultrasound measure paid a price with voters.

Ultimately, Gov. McDonnell signed a forced-ultrasound measure into Virginia law.

The federal bill that Rep. Ryan cosponsored also would force a woman to undergo an ultrasound even if her doctor doesn't recommend it, and even if against the woman's will.

We'll be working every day between now and November 6 to make sure the Romney-Ryan ticket doesn't get the chance to impose a forced-ultrasound law on women across the country.

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