At Tuesday’s Senate debate in Indiana, Republican Richard Mourdock affirmed that the life of the mother is the only exception he makes for abortion. Then, as Politico reports, he made this startling statement:
“I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that’s something God intended to happen.”
What’s wrong with these idiotic, but also cruel and misogynistic, Republicans? Just in August, Todd Akin, Republican Senate nominee from Missouri, said that pregnancy as a result of “legitimate rape” is rare as “the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down.”
Last week, Republican congressman Joe Walsh of Illinois, whom Daily Kos labels “The country’s most notorious deadbeat dad,” told reporters “you can’t find one instance” where it has been necessary to perform an abortion due to the risk to the mother’s life. (In fact, as Daily Kos states, every day in the United States, more than two women die of pregnancy-related causes.)
So Mourdock is following in a solid Republican tradition of women-hating.
In response to Mourdock’s comment, Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly said after the debate that he doesn’t believe “my God, or any God, would intend that to happen.”
Thank you, Mr. Donnelly. How can Mourdock presume to know what God intends? Such hubris. And does he truly believe that his God condones evil, even wills it to happen? Or could it be that he is seeking an easy answer to an extremely complex question: the problem of evil in the world?
Ever since Mourdock beat out veteran Senate Dick Lugar in May’s Republican primary, he and his Democratic challenger have been in a very tight race. This was the final debate before the election.
Here’s what EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock had to say about Mourdock’s words:
“Richard Mourdock is not an outlier – his statements are right in line with today’s Republican Party. It’s 2012, and no one is surprised to hear yet another dangerously out of touch statement from a Republican about rape.”
“This appalling agenda is an entrenched part of Republican politics – and women voters know it. That’s why in two weeks, they’re going to turn out to reject Republican attempts to roll back the clock on our basic freedoms.”
Mitt Romney has made only one endorsement for Senate; on Monday of this week, his campaign released this video, endorsing Richard Mourdock.
The very next day, Mourdock made his offensive rape remarks.
Will Mitt Romney decide to pull the Mourdock ad?
What do you think?
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