Republican senate candidate Richard Mourdock says pregnancy via rape is "God's plan"
Just how crazy of a Republican do you have to be to have Mitt Romney backing away from your remarks? Let's check in with Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock.
Mr. Morlock, er, Mourdock was having a spirited debate against Democrat Joe Donnelly on Tuesday when he addressed my absolute favourite topics for old white dudes to talk about: abortion and rape.
When asked whether he would support abortion in cases of rape or incest, the Tea Party-backed Mourdock dropped this bomb on the assembled crowd:
“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 happen.”
That's right, ladies. If you get raped and subsequently get pregnant from said rape, well, that's just what God wanted. It has nothing to do with a repressive, patriarchial society that normalizes sexual violence and assault and victim-blames and slut-shames women every chance it gets. Nope, your rape-baby is what God wanted.
This morning, Mourdock backpedalled from his insane remarks in a press release, which states: "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."
No, you're right. You didn't say God wanted rape, Mr. Mourdock. You just said that if a rapist manages to knock up his victim, that's God's plan.
In summation, rape bad, rape babies good, and women are too stupid and delicate and, well, just downright irrational that they can't make decisions about their own bodies by themselves.
Thank God for people like Richard Mourdock.
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