Indiana’s Republican Senate candidate, Richard Mourdock, once again stirred up a controversy over his remarks regarding rape. “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 said in a debate with Democrat Joe Donnelly on Tuesday. Donnelly was quick to respond that he does not believe “my God, or any God, would intend that to happen.”
Mourdock isn’t the only GOP Senate candidate with a forced-birth policy for rape victims. They closely mirror comments two months ago by Republican Senate hopeful Todd Akin of Missouri, who is also a Tea Party supporter, when he famously said that rape victims do not get pregnant. “Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child,” Akin said at the time.
Mourdock should not be considered an extremist within the modern GOP. He represents the party’s mainstream thought on social issues (which happen to be radically different from the rest of America). Mitt Romney cut an ad for Mourdock just yesterday — the only Senate candidate in the country to personally feature Romney. Even after the comments surfaced Romney stood by his endorsement of Mourdock. Romney’s own VP nominee, Paul Ryan, does not support abortion in any circumstances including rape or incest. Instead they would rather return to the times of back alley coat hanger procedures. This is what you get when you knock off respected middle-of-the-road conservatives like Dick Lugar for fire-breathing right-wing ideologues like Richard Mourdock. The GOP must now reap what they sowed.