Republican Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock Says Rape Pregnancy Is A-OK With 'God's Plan'

MourdockAnother day, another Republican rape apologist. This time it's Senate candidate Richard Mourdock of Indiana who considers himself so "pro-life" that pregnancies resulting from rape are "something that God intended to happen." Democrats quickly attacked the remarks from the Tea Party-backed candidate, labeling him a "zealot."

Truly, it's astounding that in this day and age, anyone could say that in any way, shape, or form. And hey, if this is what he says in public, just imagine what he says in private. Actually, scratch that. I am not sure I want to know.

What I do know is that Romney is distancing himself from these comments, but the reality is legislating a woman's body is legislating a woman's body. The details of that and how far a man is willing to take it are really just splitting hairs.

Romney had backed Mourdock and hasn't yet withdrawn his support. Mourdock, for his part, has "apologized," claiming he only meant "God creates life" and that the idea that he believes "God preordained rape" is "sick and twisted."

Okay, dude. But YOU said it. You said it was God's plan. So you know, it's not like we are making stuff up.

Regardless of what he meant, Mourdock made it clear that women's bodies serve only as vessels for the man's seed. It doesn't matter how the clump of cells got there. If it's there, then God meant for that woman to be forced into sexual intercourse against her will and she should now be forced to carry the child of the man who did this for at least nine months.

God sounds like kind of a jerk if that is really His "plan," no?

Many politicians claim to support abortion "only" in the case of rape because this scenario is so repugnant to them. But it's all the same. Forcing a woman to carry a pregnancy against her will is just as bad no matter how the pregnancy got there. Obviously rape is worse and a woman should have the abortion she needs. But ALL women should have the right to make decisions about their OWN bodies.

A man like Mourdock is dangerously blind and stupid. Women aren't children who need to be guided around by the hand in order to make wise decisions. We are grownups just like him and we should not (and cannot) elect backwards people who want to tell us how to handle our own bodies.

It's infuriating, wrong, and sick. A vote for a Republican this year inadvertently supports this.

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bills... billsfan1104

I am sorry, but I also agree that God has a plan for a woman if she become pregnant from a rape. I also think that we do not know that plan or reasoning. And that's why I think abortion is wrong in cases of rape. But let me say this, I do not degrade any woman that chooses to abort.

miche... micheledo

I took his comment to mean what he later clarified it as meaning.  God has a purpose for that little life now growing because of a terrible event.

And it is interesting to me that women who are raped are much more likely to keep the baby then a woman who has an unexpected pregnancy! (Just discovered that statistic the other day!)  Maybe the women who are raped are more likely to see the baby as a blessing after having experienced something so awful.  I don't know.

nonmember avatar Shannon

God does not make bad things like this happen, MAN DOES because he was given free will. Therefore, a pregnancy that comes out of a rape is not God's will. BUT, once the child is created, it is a child of God, made in His image --- therefore has as much as a right to live as a wanted child. Why punish the unborn, the fetus is as much as victim as the mother. A child is something beautiful that can come out of a horrible situation! Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." Meaning ALL THINGS, even the bad. But I agree with billsfan1104, I would not condemn a woman who aborts in this situation because "let him who is without sin cast the first stone". I would simply try to inform women of all their options. Many women don't even think of adoption as an option. So many Christians are uninformed and misinterpret Scripture inaccurately. They believe in God the puppetmaster that He is making all these things happen. If that were true, then why would we have free will? God is good, therefore it is not in His nature to do evil. Only man does that!

shesl... shesliketx

It makes me sick

bleed... bleedingheart8D

Men need to STFU about what happens to a woman's body, unless he is her doctor.

bills... billsfan1104

He didnt say that he is for forcing her to have an abortion. Just his personal beliefs. I wish candidates would stop answering these questions and just tell the question asker that their personal beliefs are theirs and theirs only, and that they will work for all people. Because people will read your blog and get the wrong impression. I listened to the video and he was sincere and not hateful in his comments.

nonmember avatar Laura S.

You're against legislating a woman's body? Great, so you're in favor of repealing all drug laws? Why should "men" be telling a woman what she can and can't put in her body? Why have pharmacies? Why should a woman have to ask a man's permission to purchase medicine? Then obviously you're in favor of repealing laws against prostitution? Can't have laws telling a woman what she can do with her body, right?

nonmember avatar Hops

I understand how some people would take his comments as repugant. But, I believe it was said in Christain love to the unborn fetus.

Flori... Floridamom96

Well, Sasha, you said mean instead of meant so which is it? Is it mean or is it meant? ("Regardless of what he mean, Mourdock made it clear that women's bodies serve only as vessels for the man's seed.") I mean YOU said it after all, and according to your principles it's too late to clarify it now. And can I just add? What an absolutely stupid statement for you to make. He clearly said no such thing. You are in fact making this up. Here's the entire statement since Sasha couldn't be bothered to provide it in her article. "I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God," Mourdock said. "And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen." it's pretty clear from the entire statement that he really did mean what he explained in his later clarification. I DESPISE the way liberal stir bloggers intentionally misinform their readers. It's disgusting.

jagam... jagamama0710

Absolutely, it angers me. It's disgusting. This kind of thinking seems to be the norm now for these conservative asshats. That's good though. People can see them for what they are.

And bullshit he "didn't mean it that way". I see no twisting of words. He realized he said something that could hurt his chances and now he's backtracking. You can believe whatever you want personally but you don't get to legislate your religious beliefs. If they have no intention of bringing their religious beliefs into law, as billsfan says, then they would say so. The second you bring up religion as a reason for a law (abortion, gay marriage, etc)...your argument is invalid. "God wills it"? Funny...that's the same thing terrorists say to justify their acts. 

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