Richard Mourdock Under Fire For Rape Comments

Richard Mourdock Under Fire For Rape CommentsIndiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said pregnancies resulting from rape are part of God’s plan, tearfully explaining that he only supports abortions when a mother’s life is in danger.

‘God intended to happen’

“I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen,” Mourdock said during Tuesday’s Senate debate, choking up. Mourdock’s opponent, Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, opposes abortion except in cases of rape and incest.

After the debate, Mourdock further explained his comment.

“Are you trying to suggest somehow that God preordained rape, no I don’t think that,” said Mourdock, according to The Associated Press. “Anyone who would suggest that is just sick and twisted. No, that’s not even close to what I said.”


‘Demeaning to women’

Democrats wasted no time linking GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to Mourdock. Earlier this week, Romney personally appeared in a TV ad for the Indiana state treasurer, offering his endorsement.

“Richard Mourdock’s rape comments are outrageous and demeaning to women. Unfortunately, they’ve become part and parcel of the modern Republican Party’s platform toward women’s health, as Congressional Republicans like Paul Ryan have worked to outlaw all abortions and even narrow the definition of rape,” Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement released to press.

Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin said during an interview in August that women’s bodies have ways of preventing pregnancy in cases of what he called “legitimate rape.” Akin apologized for the comment, but refused to leave the race despite pressure from his own party.

What can you say about Senator Richard Mourdock’s rape comments? Is it just a gaffe blown out of proportion or a candid point of view?

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Obama: Morning-after Pill Protocol Should Be ‘Common Sense’

 

President Barack Obama said Thursday it was just common sense to keep girls under the age of 17 from being able to buy a morning-after contraceptive pill off a drugstore shelf. Citing his own two daughters, Obama said: “I think most parents would probably feel the same way.”

Plenty of pediatric leaders and women’s advocacy groups did not, as reaction flowed in to the administration’s decision to prevent the over-the-counter sale of the anti-pregnancy drug to sexually active girls of younger ages.

“When President Obama took office, he pledged the administration’s commitment to scientific integrity,” said Cynthia Pearson of the National Women’s Health Network. “This decision is a betrayal of that promise.”

It is available without a prescription only to those 17 and older who can prove their age — and that will now remain the case after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled scientists at the Food and Drug Administration. They were preparing to let the pill be sold without a prescription or age limit. Obama rallied around Sebelius’ arguments that younger girls may not be able to understand the medicine’s labeling or use the pill properly. He insisted he was not involved in the decision in any way.

“I will say this, as the father of two young daughters: I think it is important for us to make sure that, you know, we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine,” Obama said in a brief news conference at the White House.

The rhetorical emphasis on the potential for 11- and 12-year-old girls to use the pill also rankled advocates. There are no age restrictions on other over-the-counter drugs that could potentially have serious side-effects in young children. Sebelius’ decision, however, pleased many conservative critics.

 

Source: Yahoo! News

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