Ryan: Obama’s ‘Never Once Lifted a Hand to Defend the Most Helpless … the Child Waiting to be Born’

By Elizabeth Harrington | September 14, 2012 | 3:29 PM EDT

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. (AP)

(CNSNews.com) - Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan defended his pro-life beliefs at the Values Voter Summit on Friday, and contrasted them with the pro-abortion views of President Barack Obama, saying that Obama “has never once lifted a hand to defend the most helpless and innocent of all human beings, the child waiting to be born.”

In a speech at the conservative Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., Ryan claimed that Obama had  “chosen to pander to the most extreme elements of his party” on the issue of life.

“When he tries to make big government sound reasonable and inclusive, the president likes to say, ‘We’re all in this together,’ and here, too, he has another handy straw man,” said Ryan.   “Anyone who questions the wisdom of his policies must be lacking in compassion. Who else would question him but those mean people who think that everybody has to go it alone and fend for themselves?

“‘We’re all in this together.’  It has a nice ring,” Ryan said.  “For everyone who loves this country, it’s not only true, but obvious. Yet, how hollow it sounds coming from a politician who has never once lifted a hand to defend the most helpless and innocent of all human beings the child waiting to be born.”

Ryan continued:  “Giving up any further pretense of moderation on this issue and in complete disregard for millions of pro-life Democrats, President Obama has chosen to pander to the most extreme elements of his party.  In the Clinton years the stated goal was to make abortion safe, legal and rare.  But that was a different time and a different president.”

“Now, apparently the Obama-Biden ticket stands for an absolute unqualified right to abortion at any time, under any circumstance and even at taxpayer expense,” he said.  “When you get past all of the president’s straw men what we believe is plain to state:  these vital questions should be decided not by the caprice of unelected judges, but by the conscience of the people and their elected representatives.”

“And in this good-hearted country we believe in showing compassion for mother and child alike,” Ryan added.  “We don’t write anyone off in America, especially those without a voice.  Every child has a place and purpose in this world.  Everyone counts.”

“And in a just society the law should stand on the side of life,” he said.

Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Sept. 6. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ryan also criticized Democrats for initially leaving out God in their party platform at their convention last week.  “So much of our history has been a constant striving to live up to the ideals of our founding, about rights and their ultimate source,” he said.

“At our opponents’ convention a rowdy dispute broke out over the mere mention of that source,” Ryan said.  “For most of us it was settled long ago, that our rights come from nature and nature’s God, not from government.”

The Obama campaign has painted the Romney-Ryan ticket as bad for women, airing attack ads over Romney's call to defund Planned Parenthood.  Abortion advocates were also given prime speaking slots at the DNC, including former Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, as well as the presidents of Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

At the summit on Friday, Ryan also criticized the president’s Health and Human Services mandate under Obamacare, which requires all health insurance plans to cover contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilizations without co-pay.

“In the president’s telling, the government is a big benevolent presence, gently guiding our steps at every turn,” he said.  “In reality, when government enters the picture private institutions are so often brushed aside with suspicion or even contempt.  This is what happened to the Catholic Church and Catholic charities this past January when the new mandates of Obamacare started coming.”

“‘Never mind your own conscience,’ they were basically told,” Ryan said. “‘And from now on, you’re going to do things the government’s way.’”

“Ladies and gentleman, you would be hard pressed to find another group in America that does more to serve the health of women and their babies than the Catholic Church and Catholic charities,” he said.  “And now, suddenly, we have Obamacare bureaucrats presuming to dictate how they’re going to do it.”

Ryan said he and Romney believe the mandate is a “threat and insult to every religious group,” before vowing to repeal the mandate and the Affordable Care Act if elected.

On a related note, the Republican-dominant House of Representatives voted yesterday to approve a $1.047 trillion government funding bill that included ongoing monies for Planed Parenthood, Obamacare, and the HHS mandate that Ryan said he opposed.

However, Ryan, a Catholic, voted for the funding measure.

The Catholic bishops of the United States have unanimously declared the Obamacare sterilization-contraception-abortifacient regulation an "unjust and illegal mandate" that violates the right to free exercise of religion not only of Catholic institutions but also of Catholic business owners and workers.

The Values Voters Summit runs from Sept. 14-16 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Numerous speakers and panels will discuss issues and policies related to limited government, less federal spending, the Constitution, national security, and traditional values.