Facepalm....GOP's Mourdock: Pregnancy from rape is God's intent. Do you agree?

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11:40AM EDT October 24. 2012 - Indiana Senate
candidate Richard Mourdock has sparked the latest political controversy over
rape and abortion, causing GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to distance
himself a day after touting his candidacy in a TV ad.

Mourdock, Indiana's state treasurer, said Tuesday during a debate against
Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly that when a woman becomes pregnant during rape, "it
is something that God intended."

Asked whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest, Mourdock
said, "I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that
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."

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told the Associated Press that Romney
"disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments, and they do not reflect his views."
Romney supports abortion in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the woman
is in danger.

After the debate, Mourdock tried to clarify his remarks, saying it was "sick"
and "bizarre" that his comments would be interpreted as though he were saying
God intended rape. "What I said is God creates life. As a person of faith, I
believe that," Mourdock is quoted as saying in The Indianapolis Star.
"Does God want people raped? Of course not."

The AP reports that Romney aides did not say whether the ad for Mourdock
would be pulled or if he still supports Mourdock's candidacy.

MORE: Mourdock's response to abortion question provokes

Mourdock's comments, coming amid a hotly contested Senate race that could
decide which party controls power, follow those of GOP Rep. Todd Akin of

In August, Akin said women could prevent pregnancy in cases of "legitimate
rape." Akin apologized for that comment, but top Republicans — including Romney
— disavowed his comments and have abandoned him in a race that was considered
winnable for the GOP. Democrat Claire McCaskill leads Akin by an average of 5
percentage points, according to polls compiled by RealClearPolitics.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said
Mourdock's comments were "outrageous and demeaning to women." She and Sen. Patty
Murray of Washington, chairwoman of the Senate Democrats' campaign committee,
called on Romney to pull his Mourdock ad off the air.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial
Committee, said in a statement Wednesday that Mourdock's views are not different
from those of Donnelly. Cornyn said the election is about "big ideas" such as
the role of government, taxes and federal spending.

"Richard and I, along with millions of Americans — including even Joe
Donnelly — believe that life is a gift from God," Cornyn said. "To try and
construe his words as anything other than restatement of that belief is
irresponsible and ridiculous. In fact, rather than condemning him for his
position, as some in his party have when it's come to Republicans, I commend
Congressman Donnelly for his support of life."

Donnelly has called himself "pro-life." The Indianapolis Star reports
that after the debate, Donnelly shook his head at Mourdock's comments and said,
"I don't know any God who would ever intend something like that."

The Susan B. Anthony List, a conservative group that opposes abortion rights,
restated its support for Mourdock and stressed its own ad campaign highlighting
Donnelly's abortion record.

"Richard Mourdock said that life is always a gift from God, and we couldn't
agree more," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the SBA List. "To report
his statement as an endorsement of rape is either willfully ignorant or
malicious. Congressman Donnelly should not underestimate our ability to
understand Mourdock's meaning."

Democratic groups wasted no time in criticizing Mourdock. The Democratic
National Committee came out with a Web video splicing together words from
Romney's ad along with Mourdock's statements from Tuesday. American Bridge 21st
Century, a super PAC, released its own Web video on Wednesday highlighting what
it called Mourdock's "extreme views" on rape, climate change and bipartisanship.
The super PAC's video opens with a snippet from Romney's pro-Mourdock ad and
includes an image of Romney throughout.

Mourdock made national headlines this year when he defeated veteran GOP Sen.
Richard Lugar in an intraparty primary. Lugar has kept the Indiana Senate seat
in Republican hands for nearly 40 years, but polls show the Mourdock-Donnelly
race is virtually tied.

In recent days, Republicans such as Arizona Sen. John McCain and Senate
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have campaigned for Mourdock.

Read More: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2012/1...

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  • Contarded Guru Chickenhawk 2012/10/26 11:35:57
  • suejkw 2012/10/25 15:55:14
    Hell no!
    One has to be really brain-dead or indoctrinated to believe THIS! 'God' doesn't 'cause' rape anymore then 'god' 'causes' any pregnancy.It's called the rapist's choice to commit a violent crime.'God' is a figment of imagination that should be gotten rid of.
  • Sissy 2012/10/25 12:27:34
    Hell no!
    I have seen and heard statements directly coming from the mouths of the neo-cons regarding this issue and I honesty thought that Todd Aiken couldn't be beat for mindlessness.

    I was wrong.
  • Risk Sissy 2012/10/25 13:13:37
    I agree, the guy is a complete idiot ! Wish he was on your side ... ; )
  • Sissy Risk 2012/10/25 13:16:22
    But you have so many others. Who was the senator (or candidate, I don't remembetr which), who said, "women no longer die in childbirth", or babies don't come from rape, when in fact last year, over 32,000 children were born out of that crime?

    Pretty pathetic.
  • Risk Sissy 2012/10/25 13:29:21
    It's true, but your side has so many similar idiots that I could spend the rest of the day pointing them out but of course my favorite one is ...

    fact that we are here today to debate raising America 's debt limit is a
    sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot
    pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial
    assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless
    fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us
    domestically and internationally. Leadership means
    that, "the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden
    of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.
    America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans
    deserve better."
    Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

    Especially the part about " the buck stops here " is most humorous . ; )
  • George ... Risk 2012/10/25 14:08:57
    George Zook
    Money ... Money ... Money .... are all republicans so mercenary

    The bible warns us about the worship of money and also about the likely hood of a rich man going to heaven
  • Risk George ... 2012/10/25 14:29:53
    WTF ?
  • George ... Risk 2012/10/31 20:32:16
    George Zook
    much of your answer is about Fiscal issues hence Money... Money ...Money
  • Risk George ... 2012/11/01 12:05:23
    Obama's own words, not mine !
  • George ... Risk 2012/11/07 14:14:14
    George Zook
    OUT of context
  • suejkw George ... 2012/10/25 15:57:51
    The bible is not based on facts & is a book of myths & superstitions.
  • whiteco... suejkw 2012/10/25 18:44:21
    You are an Atheist then?
  • suejkw whiteco... 2012/10/26 15:27:36
    Yes,I am.I don't believe in myths & superstitions like religious people do.Are they afraid to question?
  • jubil8 ... suejkw 2012/10/28 00:48:27
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    I sure hope you and all you friends get out and vote against Mourdock. :)
  • suejkw jubil8 ... 2012/10/28 18:23:33
    Hopefully the religious ones will have enough sense to vote against him too.
  • jubil8 ... suejkw 2012/10/28 22:21:58
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    From your mouth to god's ear (the god who thinks Mourdock is full of crap too lol).
  • suejkw Sissy 2012/10/25 15:56:57
    Akin from Missouri,I think,is the idiot who said that.We should get rid of all these male politicians & replace them with women.Sound good?
  • Sissy suejkw 2012/10/26 12:00:37
    Boy, if Aiken said that, I sure never heard it. I followed that whole story like a hawk, I might have missed that part. lol
  • jubil8 ... suejkw 2012/10/28 00:49:05
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    Sounds terrific, suejkw..
  • Darr247 2012/10/25 02:26:14
    It was God's intent to show everyone what a flip-flopping etch-a-sketchy guy is Williard.
  • suejkw Darr247 2012/10/25 15:58:44
    'God' has nothing to do with anything & should be gotten rid of.
  • whiteco... suejkw 2012/10/25 19:24:29 (edited)
    Murdock was wrong in his statement. God created all of us, and I am sure it is not his will that something so brutal should happen to anyone. If pregnancy results from something so brutal, the victim should not be punished twice.

    We are God's children and he wants the best for us. Religion is important in my life, but it should not be used for political gain. It's important to separate Church laws from State laws.
  • suejkw whiteco... 2012/10/26 15:32:54
    Prove to me that any 'god' exists.It is based on myths & superstitions.Most of the things in the bible are NOT factual & can be PROVEN that by archeology & science.What are you going to believe,therefore? Get rid of religion & most of the hatred goes with it.Religions teach that each is 'better' then others,which is obviously a lie.I don't need a religion to teach me anything.I KNOW I am a good person without religion.I didn't get my 3 children from any god.It was MY choice to have them as long as I was capable to get pregnant.
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/10/24 23:44:39
    Hell no!
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    Then why isn't an abortion god's intent? He put the idea in the woman's head and created the path to follow through. It's called Free Will.

    Does this follow for fallopian pregnancies too? God got a woman pregnant in an impossible way so both she and the baby could die?

    No fertility treatments for men with low count or ejac. problems, etc. -- it's god's will that those men do NOT reproduce.
  • Sissy jubil8 ... 2012/10/25 12:29:06
    "God's will those men do NOT reproduce".

    As well as being perfect examples why we need birth control.
  • jubil8 ... Sissy 2012/10/27 02:18:59
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    Haha, that too -- but I didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. :)
  • Sissy jubil8 ... 2012/10/27 10:55:48 (edited)
  • PetrifiedElephantPoop 2012/10/24 20:53:30
    Hell no!
    If men had to push an 8 pound bowling ball out their ass, they wouldn't be so eager to accept the initial violation...let alone the second. What a ridiculous statement.
  • Sissy Petrifi... 2012/10/25 12:30:02
    "Ridiculous" doesn't even cover it PE. Its really one of those things that are beyond words.
  • Petrifi... Sissy 2012/10/27 15:28:30
    I wish they would explain the stop after banning abortion...How are we policing it, who goes to jail and for how long. Who owns the condo that the baby built in your womb?
  • Idiot repubs 2012/10/24 20:16:11
    Hell no!
    Idiot repubs
    Romney is endorsing the guy, I guess he concurs.
  • whiteco... Idiot r... 2012/10/25 05:56:06 (edited)
    No, Murdoch is an idiot. No woman in her right mind would vote for such a moron. God wants the best for his children. He created us and wants the best for us. Don't lay this terrible thing on God. Murdoch can't possibly understand God's will for our lives and talk like this.
  • Sissy whiteco... 2012/10/25 12:32:45
    Unfortunately, Mourdock isn't the only dispicable creep out there in the extreme right. There are a whole boatload of these white, rich men who are holding the key to women's health. The thought of Romney appointing 2-3 Supreme Court judges in the next four years doesn't bear thinking about.
  • suejkw whiteco... 2012/10/25 16:01:12
    'God' is a myth who didn't 'create' anything.Religion was invented by some idiot men in the past.It should be classified as psychological abuse & not indoctinated into children.
  • whiteco... suejkw 2012/10/26 04:09:10 (edited)
    The bible is God's word, inspired by him. The ten commandments are good rules to live by and to teach children. You may believe as you see fit, and I can believe as I was taught. Everyone has a choice.
  • suejkw whiteco... 2012/10/26 15:35:25
    The bible was written by various men at various points in time.It has been written & rewritten & re-rewritten ad nauseum.It is not based on facts & can be proven thus by archeology & science.Do you actually believe that languages came into being by the 'tower of babel' story? A proven falsehood itself.
  • Sissy Idiot r... 2012/10/25 12:30:44
    That's the only thing he's ever been consistent about ir, everything else is a day-to-day thing.
  • Kookieless The Sexy Nihilis... 2012/10/24 19:39:02
  • thє вlu... Kookiel... 2012/10/24 20:21:30

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