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Romney VP Pick Supports Personhood / GOP Platform

Contact: Jennifer Mason, Personhood USA, 202-595-3500

DENVER, Aug. 15, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Governor Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for President has selected congressional Personhood co-sponsor Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to be his running mate for the November election.

Congressman Paul Ryan is known for his defense of smaller government and for his staunch advocacy for the dignity of all human persons.  Congressman Ryan is currently one of the 64 co-sponsors of H.R. 212, known as the Sanctity of Human Life Act.  He also co-sponsored the 2009 Sanctity of Human Life Act, H.R. 227.

The Sanctity of Human Life Act states that under "Congress' power under section 5 of the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution of the United State ... the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being, and is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person" and that "the life of each human being begins with fertilization."

The Republican party's platform states that "we support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children."

"In supporting Personhood, Congressman Ryan has taken a consistent pro-life position, one that is called for by the  Republican party's own platform" remarked Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D., Legal Analyst for Personhood USA.

"Far from being extreme, Congressman Ryan has picked up the mantle of President Ronald Reagan in his support for a congressional declaration of personhood," commented Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D.  "We are hopeful that as Ronald Reagan did before him, Congressman Ryan will use his position of influence to advocate uncompromisingly for the dignity and full legal personhood of the preborn."

On January 14, 1988 President Ronald Reagan called for a National Sanctity of Human Life Day, stating that the "personhood of the unborn be declared and defended throughout our land. In legislation introduced at my request in the First Session of the 100th Congress, I have asked the Legislative branch to declare the 'humanity of the unborn child and the compelling interest of the several states to protect the life of each person before birth.' This duty to declare on so fundamental a matter falls to the Executive as well. By this Proclamation I hereby do so."