‘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.
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.
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