Rape Is “Something God Intended” Says GOP Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock

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.

From Jezebel:

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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Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jane Mckenzie
Jane Mckenzie3 years ago

the victims of sexual assault don't move on so easily as people responding to the next new cause.
Living in the uk where we have our own share of bigots, it is still hard to believe that even a republican politician could come out with this type of nonsense.

Dave Rothwell
David Rothwell3 years ago

Well sorry I haven't responded lately, but I was absolutely hammered with emails regarding this subject. I couldn't believe a man in such a responsible position. Could come out with such a mindless comment. 'RAPE' is a crime and always will be 'thank God' for that. But I obviously don't understand the finer workings of the American mind. And if my comments offended anybody. Then I must apologise.

Tim Ra
Tim Ra3 years ago

@Jane M. ~ Not my state, not my problem, yet I have signed all the petitions and whatnot, and played into Care2’s bleeding heart causes. Therefore, what else should I do? Should I just keep discussing it over, and over, and over, and over (goes on forever)? Where exactly is that going to get us? I mean, thanks for responding to my post from over TWO MONTHS AGO, but there have been other articles on Care2 since that time. There’s only so much you can say per topic, then it’s time to move on. ;-)

Jane Mckenzie
Jane Mckenzie3 years ago

To Tim R - it still matters whether or not the election is over. People have supported this dangerous bigot to enable him to stand for election. What does this say about his supporters?

Jane Mckenzie
Jane Mckenzie3 years ago

I am so appalled - and the USA condemns other nations for being 'rogue' states. 'Civilised' - not in this case.......
How can anyone endorse this man's candidacy.

jules r.
jules r.3 years ago

any one who rapes someone , deserves to be sent to hell

Jane Mckenzie
Jane Mckenzie4 years ago

I really can't believe that anyone could actually hold this peverse inhumane, insensitive view but to actually say it out loud. This man should be prevented from holding public office.

Mark B.
Mark Bales4 years ago

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Mark B.
Mark Bales4 years ago

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