GOP Senatorial Candidate: God Intended Rape Victims To Get Pregnant

Honestly, what is the problem with rape and Republican candidates this year? First, Rep. Todd Akin loses a lock on a Senate seat by holding forth on “legitimate rape” and how women possess some magic ability to prevent pregnancies by rapists. Now, Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (who defeated respected Senator Richard Lugar) has proclaimed with only a few weeks to go in the election that the impregnation of women in rape is part of God’s plan. What happened to the good old day when GOP candidates primarily followed a formula campaign based on lower taxes and longer criminal sentences?

Mourdock was asked in the final minutes of his debate with his opponent Joe Donnelly about abortions in cases of rape and proclaimed that when a woman is impregnated during a rape, it is all part of God’s plan — a type of divine family plan via sexual assault. Mourdock proclaimed: “I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that’s something God intended to happen.”

Donnelly promptly after the debate took the position that such pregnancies through rape are not part of what “my God, or any God, would intend that to happen.” Mourdock soon realized that he had pulled an Akin and may have aborted his campaign. He clarified that he did not believe God intended the rape: “Are you trying to suggest somehow that God preordained rape, no I don’t think that. Anyone who would suggest that is just sick and twisted. No, that’s not even close to what I said.” Really? Here is what you said: “I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that’s something God intended to happen.” Sounds a lot like God intended the rape victim to get pregnant. The best that Mourdock could claim is that God did not intend for the rape to occur, but, once it did, decided that it was important for the woman to become pregnant by her rapist.

I am also unclear on why God preordains the pregnancy but not the rape that caused it. This is often a matter of theological debate when people insist that prayer caused God to spare their lives in a tornado but that he decided not to spare the lives of their neighbors or their own home from the tornado. It is the tension that arises from a view that God controls all events as part of a divine plan as opposed to a divine plan that allows free will and/or fate to govern events.

Pat Robertson recently insisted that God does not send tornados but that victims would still have been spared if they prayed more:

However, Robertson does believe that God at times sends natural disasters to punish us as with Hurricane Katrina. That may reflect the more nuanced view of Mourdock that God may not have sent the rapist but did want you to become pregnant by your rapist. The question is whether, if God micromanages such events, did he intend GOP Senatorial campaigns to implode across the country?

Source: Big Story

94 thoughts on “GOP Senatorial Candidate: God Intended Rape Victims To Get Pregnant”

  1. GOP’s insane rape remarks aren’t outliers
    Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin are representative of their party’s increasingly deranged platform

    With all of the excitement attending the recent comments of Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, that a pregnancy conceived in rape is “a gift from God,” much of the political class is shaking its collective head at the refusal of presidential candidate Mitt Romney to revoke his endorsement of Mourdock — or at least to pull his endorsement ad for the former state treasurer from the Hoosier state airwaves. What they’ve missed is the fact that, in the Republican Party of today, Mourdock’s position is the new normal.

    Even Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, held a no-exceptions abortion stance — at least until Romney, who would allow exceptions for rape and incest, elevated him to the national ticket. As reported by TPM:

    “I’m very proud of my pro-life record,” Ryan told WJHL-TV in Virginia in an interview aired Thursday. “I’ve always adopted the idea, the position, that the method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life.”

    Nearly all of the Republican presidential primary candidates take the same position: that a rape-induced pregnancy is the will of the Creator — and they signed a pledge in Iowa that said as much. Of the 33 Republicans running for U.S. Senate this cycle, all but three are anti-abortion, and among them, at least nine oppose any exceptions in cases of pregnancy by rape and incest. (That the incest portion of this position has gotten little attention is even more troubling: Should an 11-year-old-girl really be required to bear her father a child?)

    Against some stiff odds, the Republican Party is smelling winds of change that would render it control of the upper chamber this year, which would require a net gain of four seats. Romney doesn’t dare risk harming a single candidate — or his own chances of winning the votes of religious-righters — which he could if he withdrew his support from any of them.

    The party’s cruel platform

    If you still have any doubts, just look at the abortion plank in the Republican Party Platform, as reported by the Associated Press:

    The party states that “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”

    Note the lack of any exceptions.

    With the takeover of the G.O.P by the religious right, beginning in 1976, the party’s position on abortion has been on a slow and steady march toward deepening misogyny. Women are to be punished not just for choosing to have sex, but for being sexual beings at all — for having vaginas, if you will.

  2. Ann Coulter prompts me to imitate her opinion-servings on 9/11 widows (or was it Iraq widows—widow widow on the pall, whichever will do.)

    The widows march around the nation bearing their husbands coffins in an unseemly display, according to Coulter.

    And McCain had the balls to campaign raising his torture broken arms as proof of his qualification to be President. Equally unseemly, and a lie besides.

  3. GOP candidates’ rape comments insult women
    Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012, 12:29 AM
    By Patriot-News Editorial Board

    We constantly hear how important women voters are in this year’s election. You wouldn’t know it, however, by the appalling comments being made by some Republican candidates.

    Since August, two candidates for U.S. Senate and one for U.S. House have talked about rape in terms that make us wonder if they really understand what sexual assault is. Their words are highly insulting to victims and also show the alarming limitations they want to place on women’s health decisions.

    That these candidates have not been aggressively called out for their comments by leaders in their own party is disappointing. Instead, they are treated as though they merely voice an opinion, as if sexual assault is just another policy issue.

    It is hard to call what U.S. Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri said in August some sort of opposing viewpoint when he was asked whether women who are raped should be able to get an abortion: “First of all, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

    That same month, Tom Smith, GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, was asked a similar question: “I lived something similar to that with my own family. She chose life, and I commend her for that. She knew my views. … She chose the way I thought. Don’t get me wrong; it wasn’t rape. [It was] having a baby out of wedlock.”

    When asked by a reporter if having a baby outside of marriage was similar to rape, he responded. “Well, put yourself in a father’s position. Yes, I mean it is similar.”

  4. Paul Ryan Said Something That Should Force Him Off the Ticket, But You Probably Didn’t Hear About It
    By Paul Slansky

    Last week, Paul Ryan gave an interview in which, defending his position that there should be no excuses for abortion, he referred to rape as a “method of conception.”

    Wow, right? Talk about a benign euphemism. Rape — RAPE! — is now a “method of conception.” You know, like love-making, just without the love.

    There could be no greater testament to the utter abdication of responsibility by what passes for a “news” media in America in 2012 than that, despite the grotesquerie of this cavalierly callous comment, chances are better than good that this is the first you’re hearing of it.

  5. The best that Mourdock could claim is that God did not intend for the rape to occur, but, once it did, decided that it was important for the woman to become pregnant by her rapist.
    – JT

    Geez. That’s just as bad.

    Why can’t we just be honest and admit that we have no idea what God’s intentions are.

  6. OS,

    Yeah, it’s not for the faint of heart or victims of sexual assault, but holy crap I couldn’t help but laugh all the way through it. The worst part of the letter? I didn’t think of it first. First class sarcasm. Well done, Mr. Scalzi.

  7. Good news OS!
    You are right about McCain during his campaign, but since them he has been a little more reasonable. Until now, IMO.

  8. For those not familiar with him, John Scalzi is a science fiction writer, and a good one. His latest novel is called Redshirts. He wrote a “letter” to Rep. Mourdock and his enablers and posted it on his blog. This is scathing literary surgery without anesthesia.

    However, if you are the victim of a sex offender, this is a trigger warning. Be careful.

  9. Elaine/raff,

    McCain was the last member of the GOP I had any respect for but he burned that bridge for good some time ago. Somewhere around the “it’s not really torture when we do it” phase of his career and his decision to agree with his handlers about brining the Lipstick Pitbull into his circle. His stand in backing the Bush administration on torture was simply ethically unconscionable but especially given his experiences as a POW and the Palin decision showed that his judgement was garbage.

    That McConnell is a total weasel and has been since day one is simply obvious to anyone who knows anything about him and his public “service”.

  10. Richard Mourdock Backed By GOP Leaders Mitch McConnell, John McCain After Rape Remarks
    by Michael McAuliff

    WASHINGTON — After initially keeping Richard Mourdock at arm’s length for his assertion that pregnancies produced by rape are intended by God, prominent Republicans rallied around the embattled Indiana Senate candidate.

    Top among them was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whose chances of taking over the Senate next year could be sunk by Mourdock’s intemperate remarks.

    “It’s incredibly irresponsible for anyone to take what Richard said about his views on life to demean his opposition to the detestable act of rape,” McConnell said in a statement printed in Kentucky’s Courier-Journal.

    “We’re at the end of an election season here and I understand each side is looking to make hay out of every comment, but sharing the view of millions of Americans that life begins at conception is Richard’s deeply held personal belief that shouldn’t be misconstrued by partisans to imply something it does not,” McConnell said in the statement released late Wednesday.

    In a debate on Tuesday, Mourdock had declared, “I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

    Mourdock later sought to clarify that he meant only that the baby’s life was a holy gift, not that God intended women to be raped. The Indiana state treasurer apologized for how people had interpreted his words and specified that he was not apologizing for the sentiments themselves.

    Perhaps more startling than McConnell’s support was Sen. John McCain’s announcement. The Arizona Republican, who had withdrawn his backing of Mourdock Wednesday night, backtracked Thursday in a statement from his office that said McCain was satisfied with the “apology.”

  11. Malisha,

    If men realized how close they are to being replaced by a gene extraction process from one woman donator to another then they might shut up and not provocate women.

    Producing and adding the “male” chromosome is an easy task, it is the simplest of ALL chromosomes. See it in any standared text.

    So shape up guys, you are not needed to heterogenize the gene pool.

    And these are facts, not hyperbole.

  12. Mourdock is simply a dumb-a55 who worships at the patriarchal altar where all sperm is sacred. ALL sperm is sacred. Women are not allowed to reject it, kill it, evade it, or interfere with its ultimate victory and control of the universe. Sperm is Sacred. So if some rapist gives you his sperm, even if you don’t like the SOURCE of that sacred sperm, you’re not allowed to diss the sacred sperm itself! It’s a gift from the very ORIGINATOR of ALL sacred sperm. Got it?

  13. Certain small birds of female gender can successfully eject the semen, which remains encased in a ball after ejaculation. Thus the bird if raped, or for other reasons decides not to conceive with the male, then she can.

    The young ladies in my evening course in evolutionary biology greeted the news with obvious smiles of approval.

    What would Akin et al think of this capability for women?

    Next development? Sharp vaginal teeth? Built-in tazers?

  14. The system is built upon rape, various kinds. The detritus of all the rapes is what amounts to “God’s Gift to Women.”

    We are expected not to look a gift horse in the mouth.

    Can’t trust women; they keep doing that when they shouldn’t. Problem.

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