Richard Mourdock, Candidate for U.S. Senate, Under Fire for Abortion/Rape Remarks

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Richard Mourdock, a candidate for U.S. Senate from Indiana, is under fire today for remarks made during a debate yesterday with Democratic opponent Joe Donnelly.

Explaining his views on abortion and whether or not an exception should be made in cases of rape, the pro-life politician said:

"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."

Donnelly - who is also pro-life, but would make exceptions for rape or incest - pounced on the wording and replied via statement:

"I think rape is a heinous and violent crime in every instance. The God I believe in and the God I know most Hoosiers believe in, does not intend for rape to happen-ever. What Mr. Mourdock said is shocking, and it is stunning that he would be so disrespectful to survivors of rape."

Mitt Romney has also weighed in and said, via a representative, that he "disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments."

Mourdock, meanwhile, sought to quickly clarify his stance by later adding: "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."

Earlier this year, Missouri Congressman Todd Akin got into similar trouble when he used the term "legitimate rape" during a radio interview.

What do you think of Mourdock's remarks? They are...

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would these neanderthal maes have the same opinion if it was there daughters wives or mothers

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how on eart can these dishonest american work for the president of the uniited states???

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Men with a lot of power and money keep getting away with making rape seem like it is something that is okay, or something that only a woman has to worry about. I think instead of arguing about a woman's right to make choices about her own body, pro-choice & pro-life conversants should refocus the conversation on what MEN can to do to hold other men accountable for raping women. It is a MAN's fault for feeling entitled to overpower a woman, or not take no for an answer, so the conversation needs to be about why men feel like they can continually take power away from women before pregnancy, not just after.

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How many of these anti-choice people care about,follow up on,and physically care for all these babies after they are born?Just make sure babies are born,after that,you are on your own

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Mourdock/Akin 2016 !!!

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The American Taliban - coming to a Chick Fil A near you!

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Politicians on both sides of the fence need to stop assuming what God would want. They don't know for sure. Maybe God thinks it should be a woman's right to choose. Maybe God thinks abortion is a sin. We don't know. And we never will. So perhaps politicians should keep God out of our politics.

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I think the title of this article is skewing his words. He said life is a gift from God EVEN if it begins from something awful such as rape. This title makes it seem he said rape pregnancy is a gift, which he did not. I don't know anything about this guy but I would have to agree on some level with what he said seeing as how my father was born out of date-rape and he is the greatest man I have ever met. Rape is heinous and it is sad that evil exists in this world but without it we could not have good and free will and that is the unfortunate truth.