In the last article I started to delve into what I can only guess might be the foundations of each VP candidate’s stands on infertility / fertility treatments and potential legislation. While doing some preliminary research for that article, I found a few other interesting conversations out there more specifically pertaining to the candidates’ experiences with infertility and ART treatments. Today let’s talk about the Elephant in the room.
I found some articles suggesting that either Ryan and his wife are part of the 1 in 4 American couples out there facing infertility, or the Ryans practiced birth control (either condoms or the pill) against their Catholic faith – otherwise there’s no explanation for there only being 3 children born from a marriage of 12 years. Yet Ryan’s position to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act (aka Obamacare, formerly Romneycare in MA) would remove the provision making birth control free to women. So what I’m reading into this is that Ryan would legislate as a conservative Catholic even if he didn’t live as a conservative Catholic. (A little “Do as I say, not as I do” eh?) Unless they did struggle with infertility, in which case I do feel for them and wish they would use their public spotlight to bring the issues of infertility into the forefront.
And the big man on the ticket, Romney, is not exempt from this discussion either: several of his grandchildren were reportedly born with the use of IVF technology. This is clearly in contrast to Ryan’s strict Catholic position, though that doesn’t preclude them from sharing a ticket. Does that mean a Romney administration might actually be sensitive to the struggles of infertile families, despite Ryan’s conservative position?
Maybe? Does anyone really know? Unfortunately there’s no one asking the question and all of the candidates are stuck in an endless scripted platform loop… none of which address fertility directly.
Here are the articles from which I derived this information:
- Mother Jones’ “Ryan sponsored abortion bill that would make Romney’s kids criminals”
- Reproductive & Sexual Health and Justice Center: “Paul Ryan’s missing children and Romney’s forbidden grandchildren.”
Next up – A look at Obamacare’s impact on fertility treatments