Romney-Endorsed Senate Candidate Says Pregnancy from Rape is ‘Something God Intended to Happen': VIDEOS


Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who has been endorsed by Mitt Romney in a direct-to-camera TV ad, said that at a debate this week that he opposes abortion even in the case of rape because a pregnancy from rape is  “something God intended to happen.”

Mourdock's full comment: "I've just struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from god. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."

Romney’s ad for Mourdock is the only direct to camera ad Romney’s done for any Senate candidate in the general election.

The Romney campaign is trying to distance itself:

Asked for reaction to Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's comment at Tuesday's debate, Romney spokesowman Andrea Saul emails: "Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments, and they do not reflect his views."

The DNC slammed the Mourdock endorsement in a new rapid response ad:

UPDATE: Mourdock released the following statement Wednesday.

"God creates life, and that was my point. God does not want rape, and by no means was I suggesting that he does. Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick," stated Richard Mourdock.


  1. Steve says

    Romney is Mormon clergy! Of course this reflects his views. His church thinks exactly the same. In fact during his clergy days he told a woman to not have an abortion when her life was in danger. He also tried to talk another one into giving away her child for adoption because she was single.

  2. Rob says

    “and even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.” So logically, God intended the rape. These evil-mided hate-filled idiots are the best proof that teh whole God-thing is a myth. If there actually were a sentinent all powereful being, there woudl have to be some smiting of these false prophets who use their “beliefs” to justify horrid inhumanity.

    I only hope the Obama campaign seizes this opportunity and works up a killer ad. The misogny of Romney and his minions must be exposed.

    On a lighter note, I woudl love to see the repug squirm since they misappropriated the President’s comment on infrastructure and now pretend the “you didn’t build that” was referring to individaul businesses. I would love to see “God intended that to happen” as their stock response to every tragedy/disaster.

    Of course we won’t we’re too socialized to RESPECT FAITH. Why? It makes a mess of things here, and even more of a mess of things in the middle east.

  3. andrew says

    And yet Romney is running neck and neck with Obama. If that doesn’t scare all of us on the progressive side, nothing will.

  4. Jerry says

    Andy, Im not sure what you guys have done, but Ive pretty much stopped reading this site on my ipad. I check it on my desktop in the AM, but during the day when Id normally read it on my ipad, Ive quit because the new mobile version sucks and the view desktop feature sucks as well. It was much simpler before. Again, better before, sucks now. Thanks guys.

  5. anon says

    Murdock’s views are entirely consistent with Baptist (Anabaptist) theology, but not Mormon theology. However, most Baptists are not so crude as to come right out and say things like this. The Baptist view is that anything bad that happens is punishment from God. The wicked and damned are punished and the virtuous and saved are rewarded. Mind you, this is set up before you are born and you have no control over the outcome. So, that’s Baptist theology in a nutshell. There are NO innocent victims in this worldview.

  6. MarkUs says

    Well lets see. Last night it was proven the White House within 48 hours of Beghazi had terrorist groups claiming responsibility. And both Obama and Romney granted interviews to Iowa’s largest newspaper and Obama refused his to be “on the record” and after all the outrage (including from the paper that interviewed him) his campaign has backtracked.
    Maybe you wouldn’t wonder why they’re tied if the webmaster here ventured beyond Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart. Jesus, even the NYT is getting pissed with Obama. See, they too have to pretend to be serious news and the Libya thing is beginning to stink even to them.

    Meanwhile, Obammy heads to the Tonight Show and MTV. Lets hope he demands to see the questions ahead. He’s such a serious guy.

  7. Jack M says

    I’m glad these jerks are coming out and broadcasting their ignorance. Best to have them expose themselves to the world as the subhuman idiots they really are.

  8. Rick says

    Saying rape is something God intended is proof the right wing Christians have lost their minds. They treat women like trash and if they become the Christian dictators they will put women in the trash along with all minorities they do not like. You know who they are.

  9. BETTY says

    @MARKUS: for one thing: your ramblings are even less coherent today. 2) What does this have to do with the topic at hand? Go barf your GOP talking points somewhere else.

  10. BETTY says

    Keep trying to deflect though, maybe the gullible won’t notice how far to the right your candidate is on women’s issues, and for that matter, all social issues.

  11. Guest says

    If rape is a gift from God, is it legitimate?

    Wait … no … if it’s legitimate, the female body will shut that whole thing down. So the legitimate rapes don’t have pregnancies.

    So the gift-from-God rapes with pregnancies *aren’t* legitimate?

    Christ, I’m confused.

  12. BETTY says

    If God “intended” for it to happen, then why do we prosecute rapists? We should take those laws off the books.

    I think the only thing God intended was for this clown to be a total moron.

  13. Goodcarver says

    This guy Mourdock is running for the US Senate in Indiana. God help the Hoosier state if he wins!!

  14. val says

    The woman of Rev 12 is now here. She is not a church, she is not Israel, and she is not Mary. She is the prophet like unto Moses and Elijah Matt 17:3, Acts 3:21-23, Luke 1:17 delivering the true word John 1:1 from the wilderness to prepare a people for the Lord’s return. God our Father will not put any child of his into a hell fire no matter what their sins. It never entered the heart or mind of God to ever do such a thing Jer7:31, Jer 19:5. Turn your heart to the children of God. A gift is now delivered to the whole world as a witness Matt 24:14. Prove all things.

  15. Diogenes Arktos says

    @GoodCarver: Remember that the Hoosier state also gave us Dan Quayle (Bush I’s Vice President). It seems not much has changed.

  16. Bernie says

    I am going to repeat what I have said a million times, any non-white, non-male, non-heterosexual, non-Christian that votes for these antiquated Republicans will reap what they sow/sew…………..