The comment from the Republican party’s newly anointed vice presidential nominee was recorded in an interview last week. When asked about his pro-life views, Ryan said "the method of conception" does not change the definition of life.
While Ryan has said he is against abortions in all cases, he made it clear in the same interview that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would be the one making policy should their ticket be elected. Romney is in favor of allowing abortions in the cases of rape, incest or in which the health of the mother is at risk. Meanwhile, the GOP adopted a platform at its convention Tuesday that would ban abortion in all cases.
The focus on Ryan's comments comes as the Republican party continues to distance itself from Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, who caused a media firestorm earlier this month when he said a woman’s body has a way of preventing pregnancies in the case of “legitimate rape.”
ProsecutionsBelow is a sampling of notable reactions to Ryan’s comments, and video of the interview that sparked them.
What's that, Paul Ryan?Rape is simply a "method of conception"?Well, thanks for clearing that up!LET THE GAMES BEGIN!— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 28, 2012
Family Guy writer Steve Marmel:
Remember: Paul Ryan prefers you have a kid through rape, not homosexual adoption.— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) August 27, 2012
The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead:
Calling rape a "Method of conception" What a raging scum dumpster you are Paul Ryan.— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) August 25, 2012
Comedian Andy Borowitz:
I fear that Paul Ryan's extremist views about rape & abortion will distract us from his extremist views about Social Security & Medicare.— Andy Borowitz (@BorowitzReport) August 23, 2012
Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell:
I'm assuming that Paul Ryan thinks getting viciously assaulted in the face with a baseball bat is just "another form of dentistry".— Paula Pell (@perlapell) August 28, 2012
Former The Hills castmember Lo Bosworth:
Ryan refers to rape as "method of conception".Dear lord - help us all. huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/paul…— Lo Bosworth (@LoBosworth) August 28, 2012