A comment over abortion in tonight’s U.S. Senate debate has set the social media universe afire when Republican candidate Richard Mourdock said that if a woman is a victim of rape or incest he opposes abortion and God intended for it to happen.
The remarks came at about 45 minutes into the debate. A number of Indianapolis bloggers have picked up on the comments and Facebook is lighting up.
Here is Mourdock’s exact quote.
This is that issue that every federal or state candidate faces and I too certainly stand for life. I know there are some who disagree and I respect their point of view, but I believe that life begins at conception. Uh, the only exception I have for an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time but I came to realize that life is a gift from God. And I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something God intended to happen.
Indy Politics has sent an e-mail request to Mourdock campaign asking for clarification regarding his comments. His campaign released the following statement.
“God creates life, and that was my point. 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,” stated Richard Mourdock.
Joe Donnelly’s campaign released this response..
“I think rape is a heinous and violent crime in every instance,” said Donnelly. “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.”
Also participating in the debate was Libertarian Andy Horning who said he was pro-life.