Senate Rep. Hopeful Richard Mourdock’s Shocking Rape Comments
GOP U.S. Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock has come under fire after declaring at a debate that he is against abortion in the case of rape because “it is something that God intended to happen.”
The statement was made after the moderator asked the three candidates on stage to explain their views on abortion.
All three candidates have strong views against abortion but Mourdock took it a step further when he stated:
“…I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize 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.”
Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney, who in the past had endorsed Mourdock and even cut a campaign ad on his behalf took issue the comments made on Tuesday night. Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul has stated:
“Governor Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock’s comments, and they do not reflect his views.”
Mourdock is already backpedaling, attempting to clarify that he was not saying that God intended for sexual assaults to occur.
“God creates life, and that was my point,” Mourdock said in a statement. “God does not want rape, and by no means was I suggesting that He does. Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick.”
Mourdock’s Democratic opponent Rep. Joe Donelly took no time in jumping in on the comment, using it as further proof that Mourdock is an extremist.
“I think rape is a heinous and violent crime in every instance,” said Donnelly in his own statement. “The God I believe in and the God I know most Hoosiers believe in, does not intend for rape to happen — ever. What Mr. Mourdock said is shocking, and it is stunning that he would be so disrespectful to survivors of rape.”
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