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
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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