Indiana Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock: Pregnancies from Rape are “God’s Will”

In a debate with his two rivals tonight Tea Party Senate candidate Richard Mourdock stated that he believes life begins at conception, and the only cases in which abortion should be legal are when it is necessary to save the pregnant woman’s life.

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Tuesday that sometimes God intends for babies to result from rape.

“I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God,” Mourdock said at a debate (video, which was posted by the state Democratic Party, is below). “And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

Mourdock appeared to be choking up as he made the comments. He also noted that, while he doesn’t believe in abortion in the case of rape and incest, he does believe it should be used to save the life of the mother.

“God” intends for rapes to happen? Wow. And Hoosiers voted for this creep over Richard Lugar?

Mourdock either has no idea what happens to victims of rape and incest, which are violent criminal acts that can lead to years of psychological suffering for victims. Where do these people come from? They never express the slightest concern for the women involved in these horrendous situations or for the lifelong effects on the mother, the child, and other people close to them. Do men like Mourdock (and Todd Akin, Paul Ryan, and Rick Santorum) even believe than women are human beings?

This is an open thread.

27 Comments on “Indiana Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock: Pregnancies from Rape are “God’s Will””

  1. dakinikat says:

    I was just watching this and I am horrified. These men should be sent to some place where they cannot interact with any human beings.

  2. dakinikat says:

    AND of COURSE, Romney supports him!!!

    Romney urged support for Senate candidate who claimed rape pregnancy is a gift from god [video]

  3. List of X says:

    Ok, so when a woman goes through with abortion (rape or not), God intended for that to happen as well.

  4. Beata says:

    SOS! SOS!

    Tell me this cretin has just dug this political grave!

    • dakinikat says:

      Who is voting for him?

      • Beata says:

        The latest polls showed the Indiana Senate race is very close. Mourdock is leading. That was before tonight’s debate. These statements should be a game-changer. I would think any sane person would vote against him now but who knows? He probably still has support from Tea Party nutjobs and religious wackos. I don’t know what will happen. The world’s gone crazy. He could win the race yet.

        • dakinikat says:

          We should bring the troops home and send folks like Mourdock over to fight their taliban cousins … send Palin …. ALL of them … just ship them off and let all these religious freaks fight out … oh, and give them all bayonets and horses from the ear their chickenshit presidential candidate think is so wonderful

      • bostonboomer says:

        I hope this kills his candidacy, Beata!

  5. Fannie says:

    When Mitt mentioned “gender equality” in the debate last night, I had to ask myself two or three times “what did you just say?” That he thinks he will work for empowering women and girls to create a civil society in the Middle East? Come on, put those magical mormon underwear to work, and get your vaginal wand out and force it on the girls and women. I’ve never seen a put on like Romney in my entire life. His ties to Ryan, Akin, and Mourdock show just how whacked out he is.

    I see that Akin has an arrest record going back years to his militia ties in Missouri and Illinois. Yeah, he was right there with those threatening the lives of doctors and women, and he has denied it until the St. Louis Dispatch came out with his arrest record, and a flier where he spoke and organized (trained) the Missouri militias……….We need to see Mourdock record as well, and we damn well know that Paul Ryan is best buds to these whackos.

    I keep saying if Mitt gets elected, it’s not going to be about him, but women, and it will not be about gender equality, not in a million years will be allow that to happen.

  6. Pat Johnson says:

    Ask yourself what kind of a “god” would inflict this upon a woman of any age as a “gift”?

    It is monstrous to think that a “benevolent being” that these cheeseheads claim to speak for would be capable of causing untold injuries and emotional distress upon some poor soul for the purpose of gifting her with a lifetime of misery and call it a “gift.

    What is the matter with these people? Have they no decency within themselves to look at this crime and describe it otherwise?

    This is what makes religion so dangerous across the board. When it filters into a secular society and becomes law. These people are fanatics and so out to touch with reality but even worse are running for public office on a platform that would stigmatize and punish the victim for some superstitious beliefs that make no sense.

    And this asshole is ahead in the polls while John McCain took time off his schedule to support him? We seem to have dodged a bullet when he was defeated by Obama and I don’t care how much one may not like him at least he is not batshit crazy.

    This stuff is getting worse by the day.

  7. Pat Johnson says:

    So if “god intended rape” than it cannot be a crime. Is this where we are heading? Because you buy into that convoluted reasoning a rapist is merely carrying out “god’s will”.


    • RalphB says:

      That’s no god, that’s someone’s really creepy uncle.

    • NW Luna says:

      As bad as those rabid psychopaths who make rape victims marry their attackers.

      Hey, it’s god’s will that we developed the know-how to do abortions. It’s god’s will that we use this knowledge to prevent misery! Take that, sick pervert.

      • bostonboomer says:

        That’s what Alan Colmes was saying last night. How do these guys get to decide that one thing is intended by god and other things aren’t?

    • Eric Pleim says:

      He didn’t intend to say, and I don’t think he actually said, that it was God’s will that anybody be raped. Rather, he is saying God intended for the woman to get pregnant in the awful circumstances of rape, for whatever reason. It’s slightly ambiguous, because he kind of left the language about rape still open when he said it was something God intended, but it’s fairly clear that he was referring to the commencement of pregnancy in that situation, not the rape itself. He also came out later to clarify that is indeed what he meant. It’s bad enough for him to say this, but let’s not go crazy denouncing him for something he didn’t mean.

      • bostonboomer says:

        “let’s not go crazy….”

        Speak for yourself. Frankly, I intend to keep denouncing this man for what he said and for what his policy would mean for women if implemented. If you want to continue defending morons like this, please do it elsewhere. Your comment could trigger traumatic stress reactions. I’ll be honest, you already succeeded in doing that to me.

  8. Pat Johnson says:

    America needs to wake up and vote out these crazies before it is too late. All they need to turn the Senate into a GOP majority is a few more candidates like this insane creature and democracy disappears.

    Like there is not enough whackos already in place a few more will tip the balance in a direction that promises a rebirth of “Jesus Camp”.

  9. NW Luna says:

    I thought some more about god and deities. Mourdock needs a visit from Hecate. Every night. Oooh, maybe I’ll send him a statue of Kali-Ma. Sweet dreams, Richard.

  10. Hey take a look at this, I put it here because I didn’t want to soil the comments of the new post.

    Register editor: Obama off-the-record comments deserve to be shared with voters | Des Moines Register Staff Blogs

    The Des Moines Register’s publisher and I spoke with President Barack Obama this morning — but we can’t tell you what he said.

    Just four days before the Register’s presidential endorsement is released, Laura Hollingsworth and I received a phone call from the president. He was calling from Florida, on the heels of a morning campaign appearance and about 14 hours after his debate with GOP nominee Mitt Romney at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

    The conference call lasted nearly 30 minutes and was an incredibly informative exchange of questions, answers and an insightful glimpse into the president’s vision for a second term. He made a genuine and passionate case for our endorsement and for reelection.

    Just two weeks before Election Day, the discussion, I believe, would have been valuable to all voters, but especially those in Iowa and around the country who have yet to decide between the incumbent Democrat and his Republican opponent.

    Unfortunately, what we discussed was off-the-record. It was a condition, we were told, set by the White House.

    And while I was reading this article, look at what else DesMoines Register is reporting:
    Steve King caught with notes on his hand at 4th District debate | Des Moines Register Staff Blogs

    This was back on Oct 11th, did you all hear about it:

    a spokesman for King told Politico the candidate has a “habit” of writing notes and reminders on his hands, and that whatever was printed there during the debate was probably from the day before.

    “If he doesn’t wash his hands good enough, he probably has notes from yesterday,” spokesman Jimmy Centers said, according to Politico.

    Say what? WTF kind of excuse is that? video at the link.