TW: Abortion, Rape
GOP Senate candidate: Pregnancies from rape God’s will
Richard Mourdock, running for U.S. Senate in Indiana, said at a debate Tuesday that pregnancies resulting from rape are intended by God.
The Republican candidate was explaining his opposition to abortion in cases of rape or incest when he made the remark.
“I struggled with it myself for a long time, and I realized that life is a gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen,” Mourdock said, explaining that he would allow for exceptions to an abortion ban when a mother’s life is in danger.
1. “Struggled” might not be the word to use for thinking over a situation that’s purely abstract to him since he’ll never be in it himself.
2. How extreme does a Republican candidate have to be before he can’t get elected, even in a red state? Is this sort of open misogyny sufficient to lose a race? It certainly should be. It’s also interesting that Mourdock and others feel more free to be open about their extreme views in this election cycle. It seems to me that in years past, GOP candidates might think this way but would do a better job of keeping their extremism under wraps.
3. If I were God, I’d be pretty mad at right-wingers trying to blame me for everything bad that happens.