An abortion-related comment by Indiana Republican Senate
candidate Richard Mourdock is being twisted by his opponents in a
"cheap political stunt," says a pro-family leader in The Hoosier
Mourdock was asked Tuesday during the final minutes of a debate
in New Albany whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape
or incest. "I think even when life begins in that horrible
situation of rape, that's something God intended to happen," he
replied. (See related AP video)
In response to Mourdock's comment, Democratic candidate Joe
Donnelly said after the debate that he does not believe "my God, or
any God, would intend that to happen."
Mourdock later clarified that he did not believe God intended
the rape, but that God is the only one who can create life. He said
any attempt to suggest somehow that God preordained rape is "sick
and twisted." He added in a statement today that he stands by his
statement, abhors any sexual violence, and regrets if his comment
left another impression.
Micah Clark, executive director of the American Family
Association of Indiana, says the national media and liberal
politicians are distorting Mourdock's statements and ignoring what
the candidate obviously meant.
"It is unfortunate that some in the media and certain political
leaders would take the heartfelt words of Richard Mourdock, which
were based upon his belief that all life matters to God, and
attempt to distort them," Clark says in a press release.
In reference to a similar controversy in the current Senate race
in Missouri, Clark adds: "This appears to be a blatant effort to
capitalize on a different controversy in another state that stalled
the race of another Senate candidate."
The AFA of Indiana leader says it is obvious what Mourdock meant
to convey. "To imply that he believes God supports rape is nothing
more than a cheap political stunt and a distraction in this tightly
contested and vitally important race impacting so many issues that
could actually come before the U.S. Senate."
Mourdock and Donnelly have been locked in a tight race since the
Republican primary in May, when Mourdock defeated longtime GOP
Senator Richard Lugar. Since Mourdock's comments went public, New
Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte, who was scheduled to
campaign with Mourdock on Wednesday, canceled that trip and went to
New Hampshire instead.
Romney still support Mourdock
The Associated Press is reporting that Republican Mitt
Romney's campaign says he still supports Mourdock after Mourdock
said "God intended" pregnancies that result from rape, but the
campaign has not asked Mourdock to take down a TV ad featuring
Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Wednesday that
Romney disagrees with Mourdock's opposition to abortion in cases of
rape and incest. But she says Romney still supports Mourdock's
Romney recorded a TV ad supporting Mourdock's bid that began
airing in Indiana this week. A Romney official said the campaign
has not asked Mourdock to stop airing the ad.
Democrats have called on Romney to disavow support for Mourdock
and pull down the TV ad.
Associated Press contributed to this story.