Listen up, ladies: current Indiana State Treasurer and Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock considers a child conceived by rape “a gift from God”. Mourdock took the controversial position during a debate Tuesday, explaining that if a woman becomes pregnant as a result of being raped and brutalized, well, this is simply “something God intended” and she should be forced by the government to have the baby.
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Read more on Mourdock and other GOP candidates trying to roll back women’s rights, as well as what outspoken ladies like Eva Longoria and Chelsea Handler think, below the jump! For current Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan’s take on women’s rights, click here.
Richard Mourdock Says Babies Born of Rape Are ‘God’s Gift’…Tell That To An Atheist Rape Survivor
In answer to a question asking whether or not abortion is acceptable in cases of rape or incest, Richard Mourdock stated, “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 have happened.”
We’re glad to hear candidate Mourdock spent significant time mulling this one over. Since he doesn’t have a uterus, this is a situation that will never, ever affect him (or any other male politician), but we’re just so comforted by the fact he took the time to “struggle” with the matter before deciding unequivocally that an all-knowing man in the sky who may or may not exist wants a whole bunch of rape babies running around even if their unwilling mothers don’t.
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Richard Mourdock needs to wake up to the fact that not everyone is Christian. Politicians should not be allowed to use religion as a platform to become a state or federal lawmaker. If your only, only argument against abortion is that all life is precious because it is created by God, and so abortion should be banned, you are using your political position to attempt to pass laws that push your personal religious beliefs on the masses; whether or not they share these views. Where exactly is the separation of church and state in that?!
GOP Candidates Waging War On Women’s Rights, Abortion Access
It seems clear that if Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is elected, the women of the state of Indiana are in for a rude awakening. If people like Mourdock, Todd Akin (the Missouri Congressman currently running for U.S. Senate who said in an August interview that women’s bodies have “ways of preventing pregnancy during legitimate rape”) and former Gov. Mitt Romney are elected, women across the country can expect an all-out assault on our reproductive rights.
Here in Arizona, Republican House of Representatives candidate Martha McSally is going up against Democrat Ron Barber, who won Gabrielle Giffords seat in Congress earlier this year in an interim election. Where Barber has promised he will protect women’s health care rights (basically, our legal access to birth control and abortion), the best McSally can offer is that she “believes in allowing abortion exceptions”. What “exceptions” means, of course, is an exception to the norm, an exception to the rule, an exception to what applies to most people. The very use of the word “exception” indicates McSally’s desire to wipe out abortion rights for the rest of us.
Abortion is a decision between a woman and her doctor, and it is NOT a right reserved for women who have been raped or are in danger of dying in childbirth. However, if extremist GOP candidates across the country are elected, even those women who have been raped or may be in danger of losing their life during childbirth will have to worry about their ability to secure proper medical care now and in the future. The risk is simply too great to vote Republican this time around when it seems clear the entire party is lined up, ready to pull our Roe V. Wade cards as soon as the ink on the ballots is dry.
Pro-Choice Celebrities Labeled ‘Pro-Abortion’ By Pro-Life Web Site
Outspoken female celebrities such as Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johansson, Chelsea Handler and Sarah Silverman all support a pro-choice America and will no doubt be voting Democrat this election year; some of these high-profile ladies have even been featured on a list of “pro-abortion women you should boycott” put out by a pro-life web site called Life News last year. (Because pro-choice equals “pro-abortion”, of course.)
For more on Richard Mourdock’s asinine comment regarding rape during the Indiana debate, watch the video above. For more on the 2012 elections, click here.
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