During the final minutes of a debate, Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock was asked whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest. He replied:
“I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that’s something God intended to happen.”
These comments come two months after what GOP Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin said during a television interview that women’s bodies have ways of preventing pregnancy in cases of what he called “legitimate rape.”
After the debate, his Democrat challenger, Joe Donnelly said that he doesn’t believe “my God, or any God, would intend that to happen.” Mourdock then explained that he did not believe God intended rape, but that God was the only one who can create life.
“Are you trying to suggest that somehow I think God ordained or pre-ordained rape? No, I don’t think that anyone could suggest that. That’s a sick, twisted — no, that’s not even close to what I said,” he told reporters, according to the Evansville Courier & Press.
Even Mitt Romney saw the absurdity in the comment. “Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock’s comments, and they do not reflect his views,” said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul.
What do you think of Richard Mourdock’s comments?