During a debate on Tuesday for one of Indiana’s U.S. Senate seats, Republican candidate Richard Mourdock said when a woman is impregnated during a rape it’s “something God intended.”
The ridiculous statement was made close to the ending of the debate when he was asked whether he believes abortion should be allowed in the case of rape or incest.
“I struggled with [the issue] myself for a long time,” Mourdock said. “But I came to realize life is that gift from God that I think even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who recently did a TV commercial endorsing Mourdock, quickly distanced himself from Mourdock.
One of Romney’s spokesperson quickly released a statement saying in part: “Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock’s comments, and they do not reflect his views.”
Mourdock, who is running against Democrat Rep. Joe Donnelly, later tried to clear up what he said at a press conference.
“What I said was, in answering the question form my position of faith, I said I believe that God creates life. I believe that as wholly and as fully as I can believe it. That God creates life,” Mourdock said. “Are you trying to suggest that somehow I think that God pre-ordained rape? No, I don’t think that. That’s sick. Twisted. That’s not even close to what I said. What I said is that God creates life.”
If we leave it up to people like Mourdock we’ll be back to using wire hangers and visiting those disgusting alleys.