Throughout the 2012 political season, 9NEWS will hold those who run political ads on our networks accountable for what they say.
The ad is set to somber music. It emphasizes the choice Mitt Romney made when he picked Ryan as his running mate and suggests that if the GOP ticket wins, women will be left with fewer choices on their own healthcare.
CLAIM: Romney and Ryan would get rid of Planned Parenthood funding.
This claim is true.
Both Romney and Ryan are on record wanting to cut federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
The ad goes on to correctly point out that Ryan has voted to do so in Congress.
CLAIM: Romney and Ryan would allow employers to deny women access to cancer screenings and birth control.
The claim about birth control is true, but could use context.
Romney and Ryan don't support banning birth control, but they do support allowing employers with religious objections the right to refuse to provide birth control in health insurance plans.
Both have publicly expressed their support of the Blunt amendment, which would have allowed employers not to provide coverage that conflicts with their moral beliefs.
We find this claim as it relates to cancer screenings to be misleading.
In their successful bid to defeat the Blunt Amendment, Senate Democrats opined that the legislation was written so broadly it could have allowed companies to cut anything they wanted from health plans for any reason, including financial reasons, for things like cancer screenings.
The Blunt amendment did not live to be tested and challenged in court, making this claim unproven.
Denying cancer screenings was not a stated purpose of the legislation. Providing exceptions for religious objectors was.
CLAIM: Both Romney and Ryan back proposals to outlaw abortion.
True. Both Ryan and Romney are pro-life, though Romney's position on the issue has evolved over time.
CLAIM: Romney and Ryan both would outlaw abortion in cases of rape and incest.
This claim describes Ryan's position, but not Romney's.
Mitt Romney has clearly stated that his idea of a ban on abortion would include exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at risk.
Ryan has pointed out that he is comfortable with Romney's stance and that if elected, Romney would be the one in the Oval Office.
It's worth pointing out that Ryan also supports allowing abortions to save the life of the mother.
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