08/14/2012 11:07 am ET

5 Things You Need To Know About Paul Ryan's Stance On Women's Issues

1. He supports the "Sanctity of Human Life Act."

Ryan was among the 62 representatives sponsoring the bill, introduced in January of last year and declaring that "life begins with fertilization." The bill defines life as beginning at conception and give states the right to ban all abortions*, including in instances of rape and incest.

2. He wants to cut funding for Medicaid, which covers millions of low-income women, and to shift control over the money from the federal government to the states.

This would hit some family planning services hard: Planned Parenthood says that half of all visits to their clinics are paid for by Medicaid, while one in ten relies on the program for healthcare.

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