In an attempt to narrow down the definition of rape presumptive GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan said that he supports the removal of the term ‘forcible rape’ claiming that it was included only as ‘stock language’.
In an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier, the congressman from Wisconsin said: "Rape is rape, period." "This is language that was stock language used for lots of different bills, bills I didn't author, and that language was removed to be very clear and I agree with that. Remove that language so we are very clear.”
It is important to mention here that Ryan authored the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" also known as H.R 3 with Missouri GOP nominee Todd Akins. The word ‘forcible’ was removed from during a debate in the House of Representatives, which passed the bill in May 2011.
The act has drawn renewed scrutiny in the wake of Todd’s remark that ‘legitimate rape’ rarely results in pregnancy. Even though Paul and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney condemned those remarks, the controversy became awkward for the vice president because of his work with Akin on issues related to abortions.
Ryan, who during the interview refused to explain what he meant by the term ‘forcible rape’ did not forget to shed light on the economic value of banning abortions, arguing that the bill was meant to save government money.