As the ewes of the "party of Lincoln" are led to ideological slaughter imagining a shirtless Paul Ryan, we are reminded of him dumping his one true love, Ayn Rand, into the dustbin of denunciation on the back row of his bookshelf. All is fair in love and politics. "Who better to rain misery upon the heads of millions of Americans ? He’s Scrooge disguised as a Pickwick, an ideologue disguised as a wonk" (Dowd 2012).
To describe R-money's stance on abortion at "personhood", you'd have as much luck nailing him down on what his position is as you would trying to catch one of Ryan's catfish with greased gloves. But Ryan's positions are more rock solid and definitive, that is until his next handlers' briefing. (Maddow 2012)
Ryan has supported the Federal versions of the Mississippi "personhood" bill, the Virginian "Ultrasound" bill, and combines into his own HR 212 "Sanctity of Human Life Act" which:
"(B) the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, irrespective of sex, health, function or disability, defect, stage of biological development, or condition of dependency, at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood; and
(2) the Congress affirms that the Congress, each State, the District of Columbia, and all United States territories have the authority to protect the lives of all human beings residing in its respective jurisdictions" (Drum 2012).
Therefore if human life begins at fertilization, it follows that abortion would be illegal even in cases of rape and incest, in cases concerning the life of the mother, and note that this also leads to legally defining in-vitro fertilization (IVF) as an illegal act in and of itself as well. IVF is used for tens of thousands of couples suffering from infertility problems, including Romney's own children which has produced him grandchildren, but also costs tens of thousands of dollars because it's not usually covered by health insurance. But there are administration efforts underway already crafting an Essential Health Benefits Plan, and a report that IVF may be included as an essential benefit (Mencimer 2012). Ironic, eh ?