Fallout Continues from Richard Mourdock’s “Gift from God” Rape Comment

The Indiana Republican is walking back comments from a Tuesday debate in which he said that even a pregnancy resulting from rape was something "God intended to happen."

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Indiana Republican U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock speaks in Jeffersonville.

The GOP seems to have a rape problem. Specifically, their candidates can’t seem to stop themselves from talking about it. On Tuesday night Richard Mourdock of Indiana, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, told an audience at a political debate that pregnancy resulting from rape is something that God intended:

“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.”

Mourdock, who has served as Indiana’s State Treasurer since 2007, said does respect those who support abortion, but that he believes abortion should be limited to cases when the life of the mother is at risk.

Mourdock’s remarks are the latest in a series of controversial statements made by Republican lawmakers about rape. In August, Missouri Rep. Todd Akin appeared to imply in a TV interview that victims of “legitimate” rape would somehow biologically prevent themselves from becoming pregnant.

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Earlier this month Roger Rivard, a state representative in Wisconsin, said his father has always warned him that “some girls rape easy” — hastily explaining that what he meant was that some girls consent to sex and then accuse the male of rape. Rivard later told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his remarks were taken out of context and that he meant to use it to illustrate the dangers of premarital sex.

On all three occasions the Romney campaign has taken steps to distance itself from these public blunders. A spokesperson for the campaign, Andrea Saul, announced in response to Mourdock’s speech on Tuesday that the Republican presidential candidate “disagrees with Richard Mourdock’s comments, and they do not reflect his views” writes the Huffington PostHowever Romney’s position is particularly delicate in this case as the GOP Presidential candidate had recently endorsed Mourdock in a web video.

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“I think rape is a heinous and violent crime in every instance,” said Mourdock’s opponent, Democratic representative Joe Donnelly, after the debate, according to the New York Times. Donnelly explained that the God he believes in would never intend for rape to happen“What Mr. Mourdock said is shocking, and it is stunning that he would be so disrespectful to survivors of rape.” (It’s worth noting that all three candidates at the Indiana debate on Tuesday night — Mourdock, Donnelly and Libertarian candidate Andrew Horning — oppose abortion.)

In the wake of public outrage, Mourdock issued a brief statement to clarify his comments. “God creates life, and that was my point,” the statement said, according to Huffington Post. “God does not want rape, and by no means was I suggesting that He does. Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick.”

19 comments
PlutoAnimus
PlutoAnimus

Anyone who has read the Bible knows that one of the Christian god's favorite pastimes is watching women and girls get raped.  Readabout the Midianites. After Moses and his men slaughtered theMidianite men, Moses orders the murder of the surviving boys and theraping to death of the virgin girls. (The non-virgin girls areapparently too tainted to be raped by the Hebrew soldiers.) God doesn'tstop these atrocities. (I assume it's because he's too busymasturbating while watching the girls being raped.)

diabeeeetus
diabeeeetus

@TIME @timenewsfeed this illustrates the importance of public speaking.

Greedalitism365
Greedalitism365

@TIME Will Women Have 2 Wear"CHASTITY BELTS"so Gift from GOD Rape can't Happen.That Way WOMEN of RAPE will B Protected From Criminalization

JosieNorton1
JosieNorton1

@TIME @TIMENewsFeed BAD.IT CAN RUIN A VICTIM N CHILD CAN TURN OUT 2 B SOCIETY OUTCAST.BEST 2 ABORT .

CaseyWayne_10
CaseyWayne_10

@Mic_SerioSucka @TIME @TIMENewsFeed That's crazy!!

jomarluna
jomarluna

@TIME Murdoch full of shit!!!!

Rosejunkie
Rosejunkie

@TIME @TIMENewsFeed I would think so what a stupid tool.

ArnoldGThompson
ArnoldGThompson

@TIME @TIMENewsFeed U think anyone cares what repubs say,bad things make repubs look better.Gary Johnson is our only hope

TraderNewsFeed
TraderNewsFeed

@TIME @timenewsfeed Which GOP binder of women did #Mourdock pull that boneheaded comment from? #Romney2012

TriciaNieves
TriciaNieves

@TIME @timenewsfeed I would love to know his stance if someone dear to him was violently and brutally raped.

earthhope2100
earthhope2100

@TIME @TIMENewsFeed Crazies belong in a treatment center/psychiatric facility not in high government positions of power. Has U.S. gone mad?

chrcal
chrcal

@clairwil if God thinks rape-children and pro-life are such grand ideas, then God can come pick them up. What, no takers? Didn't think so..

CathyDuPont
CathyDuPont

GOP candidates continue to dig themselves a grave with thinking women.  It's not the 1950's, guys.  The entire lot of you are nuts.  Just simply nuts.  Like in crazy.  I would be embarrassed to say I was a Republican.

LISAUSA
LISAUSA

This news story is beary scary indeed. On a brighter note- me and many, many women of all ages were present at an early voting location today casting our votes. I noticed hundreds of Obama/Biden yard signs have sprang up all along the streets & boulevards overnight - amazing. 

charles116
charles116

I'm surprise these guys aren't all gay.

They love LOVE LOVE semen so much, even a rapists'

It seems to have more value than the woman who violently received it.

mjonestalkatone
mjonestalkatone

Good thing Obama is winning.

Go vote if you haven't already. Just a little more time till we can send these guys packing.

KevinHunt
KevinHunt

No one has to "twist" Mourdock's comments, all they have to do is repeat them to make Mourdock sound bad:

"I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

It sounds like "God intended the rape to happen".  That sounds nuts.