Pregnancy from rape God 'intended': GOP candidate
Washington: Another Republican lawmaker has sparked off controversy with his bizarre remarks on rape, saying when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, ‘that's something God intended.’
The outrageous remark became a headache for the former Massachusetts governor and US presidential Republican candidate Mitt Romney as Richard Mourdock set off a political firestorm during the end of a Senate debate with Democratic challenger Joe Donnelly in response to whether he believes abortion should be allowed in the case of rape or incest.
He reportedly said, “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that 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.”
Mourdock also said that he would allow an abortion only in exceptional caseS when a mother's life is in danger.
In response, Donnelly said after the debate in southern Indiana that he doesn't believe "my God, or any God, would intend that to happen."
However Romney’s spokeswoman Andrea Saul said, “Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments, and they do not reflect his views.”
On Monday, a day before the debate, Romney was seen endorsing Mourdock in a TV ad. Romney also travelled to Evansville, Indiana on August 04 to campaign for the tea party-backed candidate.
He also drew flak from the people who vented their anger on social networking website Twitter.
According to ABC News, Mourdock further explained after the debate he did not believe God intended the rape, but that God is the only one who can create life.
“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,” he added.
Democrats pounced on the gaffe made by Murdock and called him a tea party "zealot." They also accused Romney and other Republicans of having extreme views on abortion and other women's rights.
His comments come two months after embattled Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin said that women's bodies have ways of preventing pregnancy in cases of what he called ‘legitimate rape." Since his comment, Akin has repeatedly apologized but has refused to leave his race despite calls to do so by leaders of his own party, from GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on down.
With less than two weeks left for the presidential elections in US, let’s see what effect this ‘bizarre’ statement by Romney’s man will have on the voters, especially the women voters. Such a ‘blunder’ by Republican lawmaker is definitely a positive point for Democrats.
(With Agency inputs)