Now, 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.’
Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock was asked during the final minutes of a debate whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest.
“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 happened,” Mourdock replied.
Mourdock been locked in a tight race with Democratic challenger Joe Donnelly. 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. 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.’