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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:36 PM

Mourdock Refuses To Apologize For Claiming Rape Pregnancies Are A ‘Gift From God’

U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (R-IN) refused to apologize for suggesting that pregnancies that result from rapes are a “gift from God,” during a press conference on Wednesday morning. Instead, he doubled down, claiming that while God would not condone rape, life that results from the violent act is a gift: “Life is precious, I believe it is a gift from God, I believe that God would never want anyone harmed, sexually abused, raped.” Watch it:



Mourdock made the initial controversial remarks at a debate on Tuesday evening, causing some prominent Republicans to distance themselves from the candidate.

“I spoke from my heart…when speaking from the deepest level of my faith, I cannot apologize,” Mourdock explained, though he expressed regret that some people misunderstood what he said and claimed that the controversy demonstrates “what’s wrong with Washington today.” He also reiterated that he still does not believe that women should be able to obtain abortions in cases of rape.

“The one exception I see for abortion is for that choice when the doctor realizes that the woman’s life is in danger,” he said. “I said life is precious. I believe life is precious. I believe rape is a brutal act. It is something that I ashore and that anyone can come away with any meaning with what I just said is regrettable and for that I apologize. I know the reverence I have for life.”

At Tuesday’s debate, Mourdock said: “I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen.”

http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/10/24/1081421/mourdock-refuses-to-apologize-for-claim-that-rape-pregnancies-are-a-gift-from-god/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:39 PM

1. hang in there, Mourdock

or as Obama would say, "please proceed..."

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:43 PM

2. I don't mind when Republicans make comments like these

Because they get Democratic senators like Claire McCaskill re-elected in my state.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:45 PM

3. So, does God intend for it to happen, or can the woman's body shut it down?

He and Akin need to have a moron v. moron debate and get this worked out.

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Response to tanyev (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:50 PM

4. The Sad Part is

Akin actually looks like a Moderate compared to this guy.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:52 PM

5. If only all Repbulicans were so brave!

Hang in there Mourdock!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:53 PM

6. Maybe candidates should be given simple test to run for offices.

I've heard a lot of dumb statements over the years but it seems like requirements for making intelligent statements is needed. The dumb remarks comes from GOP.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 07:52 PM

7. Of coursehe stands by it

He's an arrogant, ignorant, self-righteous fuckhead.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 07:56 PM

8. Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake

Mr. Donnelley, enjoy your brand-new Senate seat!

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