Paul Ryan may not have mentioned women’s reproductive rights or birth control access during the Republican National Convention, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still a priority with him. At a campaign event on Saturday in Orlando, the republican vice presidential candidate said he “guarantees” that mandating access to contraceptives through insurance would be gone on “day one.”
When asked about Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate which would provide birth control access through all employer’s healthcare, Ryan called it an “assault on religious liberty” and vowed to remove that requirement for insurance providers and employers, including Catholic organizations:
It will be gone. I can guarantee you that.
Ryan has been opposed to Obama’s contraception plan all along. On his website, he says he is pro-life and Obama’s mandate violates our First Amendment:
While I am a pro-life Catholic, I believe this mandate transcends the issue of personal religious beliefs about contraception, sterilization and abortion. The Obama Administration failed to recognize this mandate is in violation of our First Amendment right of religious freedom. For this reason, I am a cosponsor of H.R. 1179, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. This piece of legislation would amend the President’s health care law to permit a health plan to decline coverage of specific items and services that infringe upon one’s religious beliefs. H.R. 1179 still ensures health plans provide preventative health service; however, it removes the contraception, sterilization and abortion mandate. This bill is pending in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The House is expected to take action on the Administration’s mandate in the near future.
Ryan goes on to say that he will “continue to monitor this issue closely and will work to see that this policy is reversed.”
Tell us what you think. Is Ryan’s plan fair and a priority for “day one” if he and Romney get elected?