Some have taken exception to this comment and Romney/Ryan have sought to distance their campaign from Akin's comments.
Romney/Ryan spokesperson Andrea Saul said "Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape."
Romney's position on abortion has always been to agree with whoever he was speaking too on the subject.
But Ryan, heretofore, was more principled. He has always held the most conservative of positions on abortions.
“I’m as pro-life as a person gets,” he told the Weekly Standard in 2010. “You’re not going to have a truce.”
Last year Ryan teamed up with Todd Akin and other House Republicans to introduce the country to the concept of "forcible rape." Federal law prevents federal funds to be used to pay for abortions with the exception for rape victims. The bill co-sponsored by Ryan and Akin targeted Medicaid recipients (the only ones who need federal funds for abortion services) and would have narrowed the definition of rape to only include violent rape.
Michelle Goldberg explains who the Ryan/Atkin bill targeted:
Under H.R. 3, ...Victims of statutory rape—say, a 13-year-old girl impregnated by a 30-year-old man—would be on their own. So would victims of incest if they’re over 18. And while “forcible rape” isn’t defined in the criminal code, the addition of the adjective seems certain to exclude acts of rape that don’t involve overt violence—say, cases where a woman is drugged or has a limited mental capacity. “It’s basically putting more restrictions on what was defined historically as rape,” says Keenan.The jist was that any woman who knew her rapist would not qualify for a Medicaid funded abortion.
But that was last year. This year Ryan supports a woman who is rapped being allowed to terminate her pregnancy.
I think we will be hearing more this week on Ryan's new abortion position.