9. “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 that God intended to happen.”
–Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock
In any other year, this would be in the top five for sure, and perhaps right at the top. In 2012, it isn’t even the worst quote about rape. Still, Richard Mourdock’s statement deserves note, for it is a remarkably concise statement of the pro–forced birth position. If God gives you rape, well, make rapeade.
Essentially, Mourdock’s argument was that God, in His infinite goodness, would allow a woman to get pregnant during rape because hey, nothing says “I love you” like forcing a pregnancy upon one of your creations. If this seems like kind of an awful thing for God to do, that’s because you actually recognize that women are intelligent creatures capable of feeling pain and sorrow. This sets you apart from Mourdock.
As for God, He hasn’t commented, at least not officially. But given that Indiana reacted to Mourdock’s statement by electing his opponent, perhaps God had something to say after all. At the very least, women did.
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