GOP Senate Candidate Shouldn’t Tell Women God Wants Them To Have Babies From Rape

Wed, October 24, 2012 6:30pm EDT by 21 Comments
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Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Tuesday that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, “that’s something God intended,” and that she should not be able to get an abortion. Is this shocking to you?

Richard Mourdock, who is campaigning to become one of Indiana’s state Senators, made his shocking anti-abortion comments during a debate, Tues. Oct. 23, with Democratic challenger, Rep. Joe Donnelly.

Mourdock, who is staunchly anti-abortion and is only willing to make an exception if a woman’s life is in danger, spoke out when he was asked whether he felt women who were raped should legally be able to get an abortion.

Mourdock responded saying, “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is a 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.” Wow!

His Position is The Same As Paul Ryan’s

Of course, Mourdock’s stance puts him in full agreement with Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who also believes that raped women who become pregnant must bear their rape babies.

Mourdock later apologized for implying – as many believed he had suggested – that God might have pre-ordained the rape. “I said life is precious. I believe rape is a brutal act. It is something that I abhor. That anyone would come away with any meaning other than what I said is regrettable, and for that I apologize,” he added.

Well, Mourdock has one thing right — rape is a brutal act. But what’s just as brutal is to legally condemn rape victims to have to carry, bear and probably raise the children of their rapists.

How dare a 61-year-old man decide that female victims of violent crimes should have no choice over their wombs after a rape!

Richard Mourdock isn’t going to have to carry and give birth to that child, nor have the responsibility of raising the child.

He is giving no thought either to the well-being of the the rape victims or to the children  they would bear. Rape victims can be young, even teenagers, they can be poor, or unstable, as well as traumatized. In other words, not the best candidates for motherhood. Is that fair to the babies that would be born?

The Terror and Pain of  A Rape Victim Revealed

I spoke to mother Lisa Doyle, whose daughter Julie was drugged and raped at a party when she was just 17 and a high school student. I asked her about Mourdock’s position.

“If you have not experienced rape or experienced it with a loved one, you are in no position to be attempting to pass laws that would take women’s rights over their bodies away. I don’t think any of these men understand the depths of pain and humiliation a rape victim experiences. The dignity that is crushed.”

Doyle recalls holding her daughter for hours as she cried after her rape. “Had we had to cope with a pregnancy — I can’t imagine how we could have gotten through that,” she told me.

“Being raped is incredibly traumatic for a woman. Having political leaders take away their right to make their own decision about their physical and emotional health themselves, victimizes them all over again,” points out Yvette Lozano, director of Intervention Services at Peace Over Violence, an organization which provides counseling services for rape victims.

And besides that, Mourdock isn’t even thinking about the fact that he’d be forcing raped women to have a lifetime of ongoing contact with their rapist. Eighty-90 perscent of rape victims actually know their rapist, who may be an ex-boyfriend or ex- husband, a family member or neighbor. How cruel is that?!

Would Desperate Rape Victims Seek Illegal Abortions?

Joelle Gomez, executive director of the Women’s Center in Stockton, Cali., which counsels 4,000 rape victims a year, worries that raped women might seek unsafe abortions, as they did in the past. And as in the past, they might die from illegal abortions.

Is that the world that women today want to return to? Imagine feeling so traumatized and victimized already by a rapist and then feeling powerless all over again because the law says you can’t have an abortion!

Mourdock, despite criticism this week, is standing by his views that all abortion should be illegal unless a woman’s life is threatened. And so far, Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, is supporting Mourdock as the GOP Senate candidate for Indiana, although he does believe rape victims should be able to obtain abortions.

Will Women Have Any Rights?

But Mourdock’s position is so extreme that it leads Gloria Feldt, the former President of Planned Parenthood, to believe that the “whole issue of women’s reproductive rights, isn’t about what God thinks, but about not seeing the ‘personhood’ of women.”

“If you don’t have the right to own and control your own body, then other rights are meaningless,” she explains. “Also, would God really want women to be punished. It’s so cruel.”

Yes, Mourdock — your views are so cruel. Rape victims have been terrorized and punished once. They don’t need you and extreme laws to punish them again.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Should Senate Republican candidate Richard Mourdock be telling America’s women they must give birth to their rape babies? Tell me now.

– Bonnie Fuller

 

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Summer

Posted at 1:06 PM on October 27, 2012  

Bonnie, a womans ‘right’ to have an abortion is the greatest oxymoron ever contrived by the US public. Abortion is murder under any circumstances, get a life already.

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CoCo

Posted at 3:11 PM on October 25, 2012  

Stay out of politics, Bonnie, you liberal loony bin. You know nothing. Firstly, most everything on this site that has any sort of negative slant is taken out of context, inc. Mourdock’s remarks. And just because he’s anti-abortion, even in the case of rape, doesn’t mean Romney supports that position. And you know what? He doesn’t!

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suishousky

Posted at 3:03 PM on October 25, 2012  

Americans, you guys are retarded if you elect solely on religious beliefs.

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LJ

Posted at 7:11 AM on October 25, 2012  

When you are raped, there is a morning after pill available over the counter or also a medical D&C. So this is a moot issue…the % of raped women getting pregnant is very small due to these available options. This is just another smokescreen by the media to try and get us to vote for Obama…as a woman, I’m offended that you think I would be stupid enough to fall for it. I’m not buying it…as BC famously said, it’s the ECONOMY, stupid!

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Brit Bird!

Posted at 10:45 AM on October 25, 2012  

Not all rape goes reported immediately after it happens, it can be up to a few weeks because the victim is so scared / ashamed as the offender could be known to them, i.e family. Therefore the morning after pill is no longer affective. Most victims I know don’t get raped then suddenly go “oh most pop to the chemist for the moning after pill”, maybe this is not the type of scenario you meant but it did come across. These extreme Cristians believe life begins at conception, therefore they woud see D&C as abortion and maybe even the pill, so whose to say they would not ban these as well! Hell while their at it, lets ban all types of contraception because its God who decides if your allowed to have children quite obviously not the female. I’m not American so really don’t care about the election, I just hate it when men of importance give their own opinion on such important matters. If it not part of their campaign keep it to themselves!

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Meagan

Posted at 11:38 AM on October 25, 2012  

LJ – the ability to get the morning after pill is already problematic, with someone like this in control it will be non-existent as an option. The train of logic obviously leads to terminating these options as well.

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LJ

Posted at 8:21 AM on October 26, 2012  

Meagan: How is getting this pill “problematic”? You go to the pharmacy and tell the pharmacist you need “Plan B”…no prescription needed.

 
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Brit Bird!

Posted at 6:57 AM on October 25, 2012  

Once again this is men trying to control women by dictating something that they will NEVER experience. Yes a man can have an opinion on this, but that is where it stops – at an opinion! Men who try to control women are obviously very insecure about themselves, in black & white this is no more the BULLYING. Also I’m not regligious in any way along with a lot of people, and there are so many more variants of religion in every country then there use to be, therefore I believe that laws based on a religious belief should never be allowed. I’m don’t believe in what they do so therefore I don’t want my rights dictated by this. If you believe in something then fair enough and carry on, but don’t push it on other people, this is known as a DICTATOR, and I thought America was a democracy!

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laura

Posted at 12:36 AM on October 25, 2012  

abortions r needed for many private reasons………..
abortion=sending back to heaven=was not meant to be at tis time=for so many private reasons….

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Teen Mama

Posted at 10:43 PM on October 24, 2012  

i dont believe in abortions but when it comes to a girl raped nd get pregant i would say heck yea cause 1st u dont want to have nothing to do with the rapist nd u wouldnt want to fear that ur child would get raped by ur rapist. my best friend got pregnant from being raped nd she cryed nd i said get a abortion nd she did. Sick ppl these days. so sad

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laura

Posted at 7:51 PM on October 24, 2012  

these idiots, so called men, should never have anything whats so ever, to speak on womens rights, never ever never………..when is the last time they had a baby????
lets try real hard men and try real hard not to make women go backwards, we r people too, equal rights to all women and SHUT THE FK UP………………

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opchick

Posted at 7:37 PM on October 24, 2012  

I have always voted a mixed ticket even though I .am a reublican…this election im voting straight democrat, I fear for my daughters future if I dont. These women hating men have me petrified for myself and every woman in tjis cpuntry. country.

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Sarah

Posted at 8:41 PM on October 24, 2012  

If you vote a mixed ticket, you aren’t republican. You are independent. That is what I am, and I’m voting for Romney as a single, minority, working mother of a two year old. Roe v Wade isn’t going anywhere and I’m not buying into this scare tactic crap. This comes up every election cycle. Give me a break.

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laura

Posted at 12:31 AM on October 25, 2012  

u should be ashamed voting for mitt who does not treat woman as equals, he wants us way back in the background like the ol’days……….
wake up Sarah, us woman must stick together, go forward not backward,mitt likes woman barefoot and pregnant……….

 
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Ituau

Posted at 7:34 PM on October 24, 2012  

First off -this story is so biased that is is unbelievable. He said, as many american women and men believe, that he believes that a life begins at conception, yes, even in the most horrible of circumstances – even if it is rape. He did not say “rape” is an act of God or that he (or God) condones it. Also, Paul Ryan believes that there should be no exceptions for abortions, but Mitt Romney does NOT and guess what? It’s the presidential candidate’s views that matter. Personally, I think it is the choice of the woman, although I am pro life. Also, it is important to note that the DEMOCRAT running against him is also against abortion, but would make exceptions for rape, incest, life of the mother, etc. (like Mitt Romney and many other democrats). Please try to learn the facts and/or don’t sensationalize a story that impacts so many of us women.

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mel

Posted at 11:03 PM on October 24, 2012  

HOWEVER….if Romney did get elected and down the road something happened to him Ryan would be in charge.. You gotta think about that too…

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rosemarin

Posted at 5:56 AM on October 25, 2012  

What determines the fate of Roe V Wade, and the pill, too, because it doesn’t prevent fertilizaton, it prevents a fertilized egg from implanting, is who the president appoints to the Supreme Court. The right-to-lifers already on the court are just one vote short of a majority, and Mitt has promised to appoint more right -to-lifers. He’ll get the chance, too, given the extreme ages of the pro-choice members. All the rights women have wone in the past half century are due to the pill and to legal abortion, as a backup. For the first time in the history of the world, women own their bodies. All that is gone if Romney wins.

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LJ

Posted at 7:17 AM on October 25, 2012  

Wow, please learn some facts before trying to sound like you know what you are talking about. The pill does not prevent a fertilized egg from implanting…it works by keeping eggs from leaving the ovaries. Maybe you are confused with the “morning after pill”?

 
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rosemarin

Posted at 4:01 AM on October 26, 2012  

No, you’re wrong. The pill does not prevent the egg feom leaving the ovaries, and it does not prevent fertilization, it prevents implantation.

 
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Mickey

Posted at 7:25 PM on October 24, 2012  

Thank you for supporting women! These men are clueless and cruel with their ignorant statements!

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Karen

Posted at 8:38 AM on October 26, 2012  

Rosemarin – you really should learn how to do basic internet search to avoid showing the world your lack of intelligence. The pill DOES prevent fertilization. Primarily, it prevents ovulation and as a back up it thickens the mucus around the cervix to keep the sperm out. The morning after pill prevents implantation.

That said, as a mother of a teen and a pro-lifer I am okay with the morning after pill as the only acceptable middle road on this difficult issue.

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