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‘Gift-from-God’ rape victims should not have their pregnancies terminated

RICHARD Mourdock, the Republican candidate in a tight race for a US Senate seat in Indiana, said today that his comment that pregnancy resulting from rape can be “something that God intended to happen” had been misunderstood.

Richard Mourdock, yet another Republican imbecile

During a political debate yesterday, Mourdock said:

I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen.

Mourdock said some people have interpreted his remarks at a debate on Tuesday night as condoning rape. Mourdock said he abhors rape and violence against women.

Mourdock insisted that his comments had been “twisted” by some people.

I absolutely abhor violence. I abhor any kind of sexual violence.

And – and please, PLEASE don’t laugh:

I am absolutely confident that the God I worship abhors violence.

The Mourdock incident was the second time during the 2012 election campaign that a conservative Republican candidate for the US Senate made controversial remarks about rape.

Missouri candidate Todd Akin said in August that women have natural defences against pregnancy from “legitimate rape.” Some Republicans distanced themselves from Mourdock’s comments on today and Democrats pounced on the remarks.

President Barack Obama’s campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the President believed Mourdock’s comment was:

Outrageous and demeaning to women.

Obama also found it “perplexing” that Mitt Romney had not demanded a television ad he filmed on behalf of Mourdock be scrapped.

Psaki  added:

This is a reminder that a Republican Congress working with a Republican President, Mitt Romney, would feel that women should not be able to make choices about their own healthcare.

Romney’s campaign distanced him from the remark, saying the candidate disagreed with it and it did not reflect his views.

Earlier in the week, the Mourdock campaign issued a television and radio ad featuring Romney’s endorsement of the Indiana Republican, saying that Mourdock’s vote in the Senate could be crucial to repealing Obama’s health reform law.

Hat tip: Pete H

 

41 responses to “‘Gift-from-God’ rape victims should not have their pregnancies terminated”

  1. Broga says:

    I fear the American people are so politically illiterate, not that the UK is much better, that they will again vote against their best interests and put Romney in the White House. Romney, with all the honesty we have come to expect from politicians, is pulling back on some of his earlier opinions in an effort to quell fears about his crazy opinions.

  2. Angela_K says:

    The annoying thing about this turd is that very unintelligent women will still vote for him. His god hates women so much that a pregnancy caused by rape must be carried full term – all you need to know about religion.

  3. Trevor Blake says:

    “And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? … Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.” – Numbers 31:15-18

  4. Drew says:

    If the Mormon Moron Romney becomes president it will show how thick as fuck most Americans are.

  5. Buffy says:

    If a guy gets raped and contracts and STD as a result, is that also a “gift from God”? Should he be denied medical treatment for the STD? Viruses and bacteria are, after all, lifeforms.

  6. Marky Mark says:

    (If the Mormon Moron Romney becomes president it will show how thick as fuck most Americans are.)

    If the moron Rob-me wins the election it is because the repugs’ stole another election since his old company, Bain, owns the company that makes the voting machines in Ohio.

    There were several third party candidates debating in Chicago last night…of coarse no news coverage of this. One, named Jill Stine was detained (by being handcuffed to a chair for hours) when trying to enter the Rob-me, Obummer debate earlier this week.

    U have no choice, except for Paper or plastic.

  7. Matt Westwood says:

    This is wrong on so many levels I can’t think of anything to say …

    Oh yeah, apart from this. Mitt Romney is so obviously an alpha male they’ve had to invent a whole new first letter of the greek alphabet to describe him.

    What this does is attract wannabe-alphas into an entourage around him, all of which are measly little wimps (just look at this weaselly little fucker, is this guy a ferret-face or what?) who are desperately trying to keep up with this raging prong of testosterone.

    How do they do this? By saying more and more outrageously alpha-male-ish sort of patriarchal anti-feminist macho bullshit than the other guy. “Keep women out of the boardroom.” “Keep women in the kitchen!” “Naah, women can’t cook, employ a chef, keep women in the bedroom!” “Naah, keep women permanently in the maternity-ward. And if she refuses, she’ll be in the casualty ward!” “And when I’m done screwing her she’ll be my cleaner!” And from there on down to the outrageously meaningless baboon-noises that are currently being made by this shithead and others like him.

    Romney’s going to win, it’s a no-brainer. I don’t care who’s president. the USA is already fucked.

  8. Broga says:

    @Matt Westwood: I also think Romney will win. You can see the forces of fundamentalist religious darkness lining up to get him there. The odious Billy Graham has his website changed so that the mad Mormon religion is no longer described as a cult. The grisly Graham and the demented Romney pray together and ensure that christians know this. Obama is black and the degenerate and unreconstructed former slave States can’t accept a black man in the White House. Anyone but Obama is the policy and they will lie, threaten and subvert the voting process to get him there.

  9. AgentCormac says:

    I wonder if Mourdock would still stand by his repugnant views if it was his own daughter who had been raped, and he knew that for the rest of his life every time he looked into his grandchild’s eyes he would see the man who violated his daughter staring right back?

  10. barriejohn says:

    We should all listen to what God says:

    http://catholicism.about.com/b/2007/09/30/rape-the-morning-after-pill-and-abortion.htm

    elnora.juma says: Peeople will never listen to good advise leave aside quoting the bible, hence its only those who have aborted who knows the immoral side of it plus its effects. Therefore, may be if the gospel of NO ABORTION was spread by the victims it could hit the nail on the head.

    Phil says: This is ridiculous. The potential for abortion is too great to allow the morning after pill in any circumstance. Once conception occurs, there too is a soul, and we ought not send this soul to its eternal destiny on our own accord.

  11. barriejohn says:

    Moreduck was at one time a Christian missionary to Bolivia, but I can’t see what denomination he is:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/who-is-richard-mourdock/2012/05/09/gIQA6x1qCU_blog.html?wprss=rss_politics

  12. barriejohn says:

    Mitt Romney might well agree (for now) with abortion in cases of rape, incest, etc, but I’m not sure that Paul Ryan does despite what he has said on the subject:

    http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/11/paul-ryan-im-strongly-pro-life-biden-im-a-pro-abortion-catholic/

  13. OurSally says:

    >every time he looked into his grandchild’s eyes he would see the man who violated his daughter staring right back?

    And every weekend the rapist would have visiting rights

  14. barriejohn says:

    More on Romney and Ryan, and what the future may hold, here:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/12/paul-ryan-abortion-comments-debate

  15. David Anderson says:

    Here’s some free advice to any woman who is against abortion on religious or personal moral grounds. Don’t have one.
    Any man who is against abortion for any reason. STFU, it’s not about you.
    Any American who is not in the 1% and is considering voting Republican. See a psychiatrist.

  16. barriejohn says:

    You’re right, DA: I don’t take it upo me to tell women when they should take cough medicine, nor even when they should be allowed to have cosmetic surgery or tattoos, as long as they are prepared to foot the bill for those procedures. When these “pro-lifers” (as if the rest of us are “pro-death”!) say that they are in favour of abortion in certain cases, they are either speaking through clenched teeth or deliberately lying – just as they are when they campaign to have the limit reduced on “medical advice”. They are fundamentally opposed to abortion and want it made illegal, because they believe that life begins with fertilization, and want a return to the “good old days” when America and Britain were God-fearing countries!

  17. Ex Patriot says:

    I am one who voted for Obama the first time and this time. I hate to see what will happen if the repugthugs win the whitehouse
    That being the case I’ll have one more reason not to rturn to the states as I now live in Europe in a country with culture and the politicians only steal and put in their pockets what they can. Religion seems to play no part in the election process. although it is a katlick country the people I know would not pee on the pope if he were on fire.

  18. Lucy says:

    Dear Mr Moreduck.
    If the only way your god can get his divine purposes met is by allowing the rape of a woman, he is one sick and useless fuckwit..

  19. tony e says:

    I recently read a very short story about a near future America totally dominated by religion. It was called Kaddish by Whitley Streiber in a collection called Dark Delicacies.

    On reflection it is not looking so far fetched.

  20. barriejohn says:

    Commentators have been saying that for some strange reason women are more likely to vote for Romney than Obama in this election. Maybe this sort of publicity will change that! Anyway, some more encouraging news here yet again:

    http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2012/10/statistics-round-up–religion-in-decline-around-europe-and-usa

  21. Matt Westwood says:

    @tony e: Been done. It’s calle “It can’t happen here” and was I believe by Sinclair Lewis. Streiber was/is a derivative hack who has been known to take people to court if they dare suggest his ufo blether is fiction. As such I’ve always considered him a bit of a cunt, but people may glean their reading pleasure where they will.

  22. barriejohn says:

    DC: That “leaflet” was brilliant!

  23. RabbitOnAStick says:

    …rape, that it is something God intended to happen.

    How could any one in 2012 even consider this to be a rational sensible comment. Even as a thought. But then to speak those words out loud – so others hear them.

    what a shame mourdick wasn’t aborted by his mother during pregnancy. [ did he have one]. As about 20-30% of pregnancies are aborted – naturally.

  24. RabbitOnAStick says:

    From Barriejohn
    this just about sums up the ubiquitous unintelligent sheep that populate all religions. To fail to understand that at conception the embryo has less than 150 cells and a fly’s left ‘testicle’ has over 150,000 or more cells, shows how dumb these people are.
    There is a soul at conception. How do these people drive cars or work domestic appliances such as a toaster without killing themselves is beyond me.

    Phil says: This is ridiculous. The potential for abortion is too great to allow the morning after pill in any circumstance. Once conception occurs, there too is a soul, and we ought not send this soul to its eternal destiny on our own accord.

  25. barriejohn says:

    ROAS: It’s Phil and his ilk who are being “ridiculous”. According to Roman Catholics, these unborn “souls” are tainted by “original sin”, and therefore, as it would be absolutely impossible to baptize them, can never enter Heaven, but have to spend Eternity in some other place (Limbo of Infants, perhaps), where they may even receive “mildest punishment” over “sins” which they have not even committed. I think that’s what he is implying, but didn’t want to elaborate upon!

  26. remigius says:

    RoAS – ‘To fail to understand that at conception the embryo has less than 150 cells…’

    Actually at conception there is no embryo. Two gametes fuse to form a single cell, a zygote. The embryo forms when the zygote divides.

  27. Stonyground says:

    Opposition to the morning after pill is based on superstition and ignorance of biological processes. Superstition because the concept of the soul rests upon no evidence whatsoever. I seem to recall that official Catholic dogma claims that the soul arrives much later than conception anyway. Ignorance because the actual joining of a sperm and egg happens hours after intercourse. The majority of fertilised eggs abort naturally, making God the most prolific abortionist ever. The notion that life begins at conception is mistaken as life is a continuous process that began hundreds of millions of years ago.

    Barriejohn’s link to stats about declining religion mentions people visiting religious buildings to look at the architecture. I do this a lot. I have a particular interest in looking for carvings of the green man, a pagan fertility symbol often found in Christian Churches. Sometimes you have to look very hard to find even one, some churches are infested with them. Buckfast Abbey is pretty amazing because it is a brand new piece of medeival architecture. The carvings in Roslin Chapel are amazing.

  28. barriejohn says:

    Listen to this load of tripe. I think that THIS is what “Phil” is alluding to!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQCGU7TaZj4

  29. barriejohn says:

    Stonyground: I totally agree re the idiocy of saying that life “begins” at any stage of gestation, when it quite obviously goes right back to its primaeval origin. I have been trying to find what the official RC position is on the origin of the human “soul”. The following seems to imply that the soul is imparted at the moment of conception, but it really is difficult to follow. Maybe we should pray for enlightenment!

    http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p1s2c1p6.htm

    365 The unity of soul and body is so profound that one has to consider the soul to be the “form” of the body: i.e., it is because of its spiritual soul that the body made of matter becomes a living, human body; spirit and matter, in man, are not two natures united, but rather their union forms a single nature.

    366 The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God – it is not “produced” by the parents – and also that it is immortal: it does not perish when it separates from the body at death, and it will be reunited with the body at the final Resurrection.

  30. Matt Westwood says:

    @barriejohn: Life is indeed continuous, going back as you say to its primeval origin … that means sperm cells are living human proto-beings, so every wank is the deliberate murder of millions (billions?) of potential human beings. Not to mention the cannibalism of what a blow-job is. No wonder the catlicks are against anything that remotely smacks of kinky. Sin of Onan, innit.

  31. Stephen Turner says:

    Republican = in rape club

  32. tony e says:

    @Matt Westwood

    I chase the book “It can’t happen here” up. Cheers.

  33. jay says:

    “Romney’s campaign distanced him from the remark, saying the candidate disagreed with it and it did not reflect his views.”

    Funny, even most clergymen are far more condemnatory of this guy that Mitt.

  34. Marky Mark says:

    Yup…Keep voting for people like Indiana Republican Richard Mourdock, who believe in talking Snakes and men who live in Whales, and this is the kind of representation you will get. Supersition and lack of critical thinking.
    Why do they not push for the death penalty for adultery for these Christians, just like the bible says? Because they are all doing it is why. But abortion, gay rights, racism…burn them alive!

    Indiana Prisons are over filling with non violent offenders but they have no problem releasing child killers like Hope Rippey early, simply because she became a Christian while incarcerated. Hope helped kidnap, torture for 10 hrs, than burn alive, 12-yr-old Shanda Sharer. But she is Christian now and should be set free according to people like Mourdock.

    Was he involved with her release, no doubt since he takes campaign money from Prison Fellowship Ministries who are an abomination? PMF was sued for receiving public funds to help all inmates but used it to give special privileges to the prison Christians and “born agains”, including help with early release. Hope Rippey belonged to one of PFM’s program there at Indiana Womans Prison called the PLUS program.

    So the big picture is…A confession booth in the back of the court house for the Christians, no matter what their crimes. And a stake outside to burn the rest of us for simply spitting on the sidewalk, unless we convert to their superstitious cult.

    This is why we have separation of church and state, to keep these nut-jobs and their ancient beliefs of the past out of our modern government.

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