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Indiana GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mourdock: rape pregnancies "something that God intended to happen"

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It's hard to believe but someone just topped Todd Akin in the "ridiculous rape and abortion remarks" department. During a debate tonight, Richard Mourdock, Indiana's GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, dropped the latest in a line of controversial sound bites by Republican candidates during this election cycle about abortion. During the debate, after saying the only exception for abortion he'd allow is if the mother's life is in danger, Mourdock then explained why he doesn't support abortions in the case of rape: "I've struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from god. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."

Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin raised hackles earlier this year when he claimed women who were victims of "legitimate rape" don't get pregnant. Closer to home, U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, locked in a tense battle with Tammy Duckworth for his Congressional seat, claimed abortions were never necessary to save a mother's life.

In Indiana, the latest polls show U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) as holding a slim lead over Mourdock who is currently Indiana's state treasurer. Mourdock's website proudly displays an endorsement from GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Update: After the debate, Mourdock backed off his comment, saying, "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."

Our sister publication in Merrillville, Ind., the Post-Tribune, has details on the debate.

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Oh my God! There IS A WAR ON WOMEN. The GOP has been taken over by a bunch of crazy women hating nut jobs!

Republicans chose this retard over Dick Lugar?


What a goofy b.a.s.t.a.r.d! Does anyone honestly believe this sleeze bag who uses God to associate with evil and heniouus crime of rape would say the same if it was his wife daughter or grand daughter? He would have made them get abortions.This guy is a disgrace and people need to get politicians like him out of office. This is truly a war on women!

Mr. Mourdock, if someone were to shoot your or a member of your family, would you consider that God intended for that bullet to remain lodged there?

OMG! What does he think God intends? That women be reminded every moment that they've been nailed by someone who hates them? That women constantly remember that they are giving life to a piece of the rapist? That women should be happy to see a miniature face of their rapist for the rest of their lives? This is a "gift"? I was raped 32 years ago. It has been a 32 year struggle to get to this point in my life, where I can feel almost normal. I've been told this before, years ago when I wasn't as strong as I am now. It made the trauma worse. It lengthened the time of hearing voices telling me to do harm to myself and others. It took 18 years to stop hearing the voices. And this is supposed to be a "gift"?

Not sure why people are getting so upset, seems like he's just reflecting mainstream conservative / republican beliefs.

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