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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Another Male Senate Candidate Thinks Rape Survivors Should Be Forced to Carry Pregnancies to Term

The Huffington Post: Richard Mourdock On Abortion: Pregnancy From Rape Is 'Something God Intended', by Michael McAuliff:

WASHINGTON -- Indiana GOP U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock declared Tuesday night he opposes aborting pregnancies conceived in rape because "it is something that God intended to happen."

Debating Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) in their final Senate race showdown, a questioner asked them and Libertarian candidate Andrew Horning to explain their views on abortion.

All three said they were anti-abortion. But Mourdock went the further, putting himself in territory near Missouri GOP Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, the anti-abortion congressman who infamously asserted that women don't get pregnant from "legitimate rape." . . .

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Democratic candidate Rep. Donnelly's statement was less extreme but more inconsistent: he "believes life begins at conception," yet would allow abortions in cases of rape and incest.

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