Bil Browning

IN Repub Senate Candidate: Rape Is a Gift from God

Filed By Bil Browning | October 24, 2012 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: abortion, Indiana, Joe Donnelly, Richard Mourdock, Senate campaign

Oh, Indiana. Sometimes you make me so very happy I moved away...

Republican Richard Mourdock (best known as a rabid Teabagger who won an upset victory over longtime moderate Senator Richard Lugar) let his mouth get away from him again during Mourdock_Rape_thumbnail_t320_240.jpeglast night's debate between Hoosier senatorial candidates and potentially sunk his campaign.

Asked his anti-choice stances, Mourdock reiterated that he would not make an exception for cases of rape or incest. But then he took things just a step further...

I know there are some who disagree and I respect their point of view, but I believe that life begins at conception. Uh, the only exception I have for an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time but I came to realize that life is a gift from God. And I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something God intended to happen.

Mourdock quickly tried to do damage control after Democrats pounced on the statement. Since there are two potential meanings to what he said, he tried to distance himself from the insinuation that God pre-ordains rape as a way of impregnating women. What a gift!

"God creates life, and that was my point. 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," he told the media.

Joe Donnelly, the conservative Democrat running for the office, also expressed his disdain for a woman's right to choose what's best for her body, but used the opportunity to slam Mourdouck. "I think rape is a heinous and violent crime in every instance," said Donnelly. "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."

Because this is Indiana, the truth is always more grey than black or white. There aren't that many differences between Republicans and Democrats in the Hoosier state, after all. Donnelly co-sponsored legislation that would have denied abortion funding to victims of rape and incest. Natch.

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