Published on
by
Common Dreams

GOP Senate Candidate: Pregnancy from Rape is "Gift from God"

Indiana Republican Richard Mourdock, recently endorsed by Mitt Romney, shocks with comments at debate

by
Common Dreams staff

During a debate for the US Senate in Indiana on Tuesday, GOP candidate Richard Mourdock stirred outrage by saying he considers pregnancies occuring after a women's rape a "gift from God."

"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," Mourdock said.

Mourdock's comment was quickly likened to those made recently by GOP senate candidate from Missouri Todd Akin who said that "legitimate rape" rarely leads to pregnancy.

Mourdock defeated longtime US Senator Dick Lugar in Indiana's Republican primary this year and the Tea Party-backed candidate now faces Democratic challenger Congressman Joe Donnelly for the seat.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has endorsed Mourdock and released this video, which began airing in Indiana on Monday:

#  #  #

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Share This Article

More in: