Richard Mourdock on Abortion


No exception for rape; only for maternal life

Richard Mourdock ignited a controversy over rape and abortion in Tuesday's final Senate debate that lit up the internet and prompted GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to disavow his words. The storm erupted when the candidates were asked about abortion. Both Mourdock and Donnelly said they believe life begins at conception. Donnelly said he supported allowing abortions only in cases of rape, incest and to save the life of the mother.

Mourdock, who appeared to choke back tears as he spoke, said the only exception he could support was if the mother's life was in danger. "Life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen," Mourdock said. His words drew immediate shocked reaction, [including] Romney's campaign: "Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments, and they do not reflect his views." Indiana Right to Life Political Action Committee's also stood by its endorsement of Mourdock.

Source: Indianapolis Star on 2012 Indiana Senate debate , Oct 24, 2012

No exception for rape, but God doesn't want people raped

Mourdock said during a debate, "Life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen." Mourdock, who seemed taken aback by the reaction, tried to clarify his comments after the debate. It was, he said, "sick" and "bizarre" that anyone would think he was saying God had intended the rape. But, he said, God created the life, regardless of the circumstances of the conception. "What I said is God creates life. As a person of faith I believe that," he said. "Does God want people raped? Of course not." Anyone who suggests he said anything else is "twisted," he said.

Donnelly commented after the debate, "I don't know any God who would ever intend something like that," he said of rape. "It is an unspeakable crime."

But Mourdock's position is reflected in the Republican Party's national platform adopted at their convention this year. In fact, it opposed abortion and made no mention of any exceptions of any kind

Source: Indianapolis Star on 2012 Indiana Senate debate , Oct 24, 2012

God at work when rape leads to pregnancy

Mourdock says when a woman is impregnated during a rape, "it's something God intended." Mourdock was asked Tuesday during the final minutes of a debate whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest.

He replied: "I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that's something God intended to happen."

In response to Mourdock's comment, Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly said after the debate that he doesn't believe "my God, or any God, would intend that to happen."

Source: Associated Press on 2012 IN Senate debate , Oct 23, 2012

Government should not have a role in reproductive services

Lugar, the six-term incumbent, said the federal government should not have a role in reproductive services. "I think I'll do a ditto," said Mourdock, the second-term state treasurer.

In his closing comments, Mourdock said, "As you've heard tonight, we have differences." Not many. Unlike the almost daily accusations and rebuttals between their campaigns, Mourdock and Lugar were mostly on the same page during their only debate in advance of the May 8 Republican primary election.

Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on 2012 Indiana Senate debate , Apr 12, 2012

I am a pro-life candidate

Q: What is your view on the statement, "Abortion is a woman's right"?

A: I am a pro-life candidate.

Source: Email interview with OnTheIssues on 2012 Senate race , Sep 1, 2011

Roe v. Wade is a serious misreading of the Constitution

Dick Lugar has enthusiastically voted to confirm liberal nominees to the Supreme Court that have publicly supported legalized abortions and government funding for abortions. Lugar has also voted for federally funded research on human embryos and against limiting taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from advocating abortion.

Richard Mourdock is strongly pro-life and believes that Roe v. Wade represents a serious misreading of the original intent of those who established our Constitution.

Source: Campaign website, www.richardmourdock.com, "Issues" , Jul 16, 2011

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