Skip to comments.Richard Mourdock: God at work when rape leads to pregnancy
Posted on 10/23/2012 7:22:09 PM PDT by Bratch
NEW ALBANY, Ind. Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Tuesday when a woman is impregnated during a rape, "its something God intended."
Mourdock, whos been locked in a tight race with Democratic challenger Rep. Joe Donnelly, was asked during the final minutes of a debate whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest.
"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 happened," Mourdock said.
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What is the obsession with rape and pregnancy? Does it happen so often that it needs to be discussed this much?
I understand his point, but he didn’t make it very artfully.
Punishing a baby with death is always wrong.
What, pray, is not "artful" about that statement"
Quit letting the presstitutes do your thinking for you.
What, pray, is not "artful" about that statement"
Quit letting the presstitutes do your thinking for you.
Romney is already distancing himself. Unbelievable.
Here we go again.
The MSM will once again brutally attack a strong Pro Life Conservative simply because he understands rape and pregnancy and is willing to express his view.
The correct response to this question is very simple: “The Supreme Court has ruled that capital punishment for the crime of rape is ‘cruel and unusual punishment’. If it’s cruel and unusual to inflict the death penalty on a rapist, how can it be acceptable to inflict death on an innocent child conceived during that rape?”
OK, there goes the senate. Perhaps the presidency.
It’s very easily twisted into “God intended the RAPE to happen.”
Not that it’s surprising, but people here have been taken in by a few Missouri Senate race push-polls and fooled into thinking Akin has a chance; actually he’s down 6 and 8 in the only two more or less legitimate polls this month. He’s actually running 11 points behind ROMNEY in Missouri.
This isn’t as bad as Akin’s comments, but it’s going to hurt Murdock badly.
What you or I, or anyone on Free Republic, thinks of the comments is absolutely irrelevant; what matters are the views of undecided voters in Indiana. I assure you that especially among women, they will not be positive.
Unbelievably smart to do so.
Sigh. I did not hear this on local news. Will have to listen to the local Greg Garrison http://www.wibc.com/ radio show tomorrow morning. Mourdock is running against two - a Libertarian and a Democrat. Can’t republicans just know that they are running to save our country from socialism?
Eh, I didn't think we'd get the Senate to begin with. And I think Romney can insulate himself from this. Thankfully it's after all the debates, and he made it through all of them without having an abortion question.
Welcome to FR.
It is amazing all the things God gets blamed for by really stupid people.
I watched this debate. Mourdock was doing very well throughout the debate and then said this....
I told my wife it would be national news by tomorrow. I was wrong, it took less than an hour.
All these idiots need to say is, “ I am pro life and will vote pro life in Congress “.... And don`t say another freaking word.
Mourdock had this election wrapped up. Now who the heck knows. Just incredible.
Well, I don’t exactly know what to say about this.
I do believe that if a conception occurs as a result of rape, then God does provide that baby with its soul, and that happens right away.
So I can’t actually disagree with what Murdoch has stated here.
However, I still remain in favor of allowing the mother to chose whether or not she wishes to bear the child of her rapist as opposed to forcing her to do it.
Ideally, she would agree that having the baby is the right thing to do. Whether or not she raises the child or gives the child up for adoption is another matter.
As far as Murdoch saying this...out loud...it takes guts to speak on beliefs such as this these days, and I do admire such guts. I’d vote for him.
It is even understandable to the lowest moron, but it's never artful during the closing days of a political campaign due to evil thinking becoming so commonplace in this God blessed nation!!!
Then you say something along the lines that rape is a horrendous crime and those who commit it deserve the strictest punishment that the judicial system can hand out. And that your heart goes out to those women who are the victims of this kind of crime, and especially those where the rape leads to pregnancy. But no matter how deeply you sympathize with the victims of rape, you can't see how compounding the tragedy by taking an innocent unborn life makes things better. You don't go around speaking for the Almighty and saying how it was all a gift from Him. Not if you've got any brains in your head.
He could of just said, “I believe in the sanctity of life not matter its conception or origin.”
I understood what he meant but in today’s over-sensitized, over-hyped MSM, you knew how this would be spinned.
And the GOP throwing him under the bus is just too typical.
There needs to be a boot camp for conservatives to learn how to talk about abortion. I’m deadly serious. What is it with these guys?
This is getting pretty annoying. I’ve supported Akin and I’ll continue to support this guy, but isn’t there some sort of 30 minute refresher course these guys could take on pro-life talking points? I myself have a little booklet.
If you say God intended for that life to happen, then you are saying, whether you mean to or not, that the rape was supposed to happen too. That child’s life would not happen without the rape happening. Now, God does want the child’s conception to result in that child being given life.
It’s just unfortunate that the Democrats are on a hair trigger to bust pro-life Republicans for saying things in a dumb way. It’s our society that has made it harder for people to speak in support of life than for people to just say the word “choice” and get away with standing idly by in support of horror.
How does he know God intended for the rape to lead to pregnancy? God gave us the free will to sin and He gave us nature. Sins, such as rape, impact our physical nature and our spiritual nature, but I wouldn’t say that it is God at work. I would say instead it is people working against God.
Good God...will this be *two* easy pickups/holds that we’re gonna lose now???????????
Rape is not only an assault on the woman, it’s an assault on God and the gift of life.
Now make yourself clear, jackass.
“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 happened,” Mourdock said.
I wish he had said something such as this,
“I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, I will not pretend to understand what a woman in that situation faces. I do believe though that God has not abandoned her or the life she carries and I trust that He will bring good from the most evil of acts. That to advocate for abortion because a child was conceived by rape is to deny that trust and give way to hopelessness.”
This is the risk you take when the “establishment candidate” just isn’t freaking good enough for you. Jeeeez.
Just ask senator sharron angle.
Wow!!! A man that speaks the truth.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.
He has a destiny for all of us. How we enter this world shapes and molds us and prepares us for the tasks at hand.
Dambit, Gumby! What is so hard about this?! All you have to say is if the death penalty is good enough for the baby conceived in rape it’s good enough for the rapist.
It’s a misstatement. His point is taken and no matter how he said it he was going to be lambasted. The liberal media will get as much mileage out of it as they can. I credit him for his integrity and honesty on the issue. Unfortunately in this PC world that does not work in his favor no matter how he would have said it.
if the establishment candidate was so good, he wouldn’t of lost.
Yeah, GOPe....screwing us since 1865.
The point is that you can say stuff like that and win local offices, and the odd safe Congressional district in the South, and MAYBE a statewide office in a state like Mississippi, if you're lucky.
But you can't say stuff like that anywhere else and win a statewide office, or a national office. Not now, and not in the lifetime of anyone reading this, I strongly suspect.
Mourdock’s clarification tonight: “God creates life, and that was my point. 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.”
I agree, anyone who twists his words to mean otherwise is absurd and sick. I think it’s time for Republicans to stand together against this stupid, adolescent gotcha game played by the democrats.
The media know rape, incest and women’s issues are a minefield. They are often hoping for blood so their story gets attention. If it bleeds, it leads.......
Enjoy your Obamacare. I know the rest of us will. I just hope we remember everyone who helped ensure it’s survival
They also know that the true views of Social Conservative Republicans are shared by a only small minority of the electorate, as well. So it's a productive field to mine.
Of course, due to media bias, Democratic candidates don't get equivalent partial-birth abortion questions in debates. But not much that can be done about that.
Welcome aboard new FRiend
My guess is that this race won’t be so tight tomorrow.
Why can’t these guys just shut up about rape and pregnancy? Not every question needs an immediate answer. This could have been answered on November 7th.
I don’t think this going to he am Akin situation... Mourdock immediately “clarified”.., in contrast, Akin simply dug in his heels and never truly backed away from his original statement.
“Only an idiot or an emotional pussy would get bent out of shape about that.”
Or an undecided voter who doesn’t share the “common, Christian belief” that he does.
Why is this different from some muzzie saying 9/11 was the will of Allah?Suddenly rape is the will of God. Rape is evil and the God I believe in is not a party to evil. These are now two Senate races thrown away because two men have little empathy for women who’ve been violated. Abortion is an evil of the highest order, but this is not Margaret Attwood’s dystopic Republic of Gilead . I think, however that Mourdock and Akins might actually be happy there. Me, the idea of watching Harry Reid for at least the next two years is hard enough, but now a Romney win will be diminished by his ability to get anything of value done.
The Left keeps baiting them and they keep falling for it.
Smart but not wise. We should be focusing on the non-rape/incest/threat to mother’s life abortions but noooo everyone wants to be a purist and sink with the ship.