On the Record

Ryan Dodges ‘Forcible Rape’ Question

Despite Paul Ryan’s personally urging Todd Akin to resign, his friendship with Akin is coming back to haunt him. Ryan on Wednesday declined to discuss his cosponsorship of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which included a reference to “forcible rape.” The language was eventually dropped from the final bill, but when asked on Wednesday about the phrasing recently, Ryan replied, “Rape is rape, and there’s no splitting hairs over rape.” He declined to say if a woman who becomes pregnant from rape should be allowed an abortion, saying, “I’m proud of my pro-life record and I stand by my pro-life record in Congress.”