‘God intended rape pregnancies’ and other unsurprisingly misogynistic GOP opinions

UPDATE: Planned Parenthood Action Fund has called on Romney to revoke his Mourdock endorsement.

UPDATE ADDENDUM: Romney ‘Disagrees’ with Mourdock’s comments, but stands by him as a candidate and will not pull his endorsement ads

Good morning! It’s October 24, 2012, and Republicans still don’t believe that you should have any control at all over what happens to your own body.

Case in point, the video below, in which Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Tuesday that when a woman is impregnated during a rape “it’s something God intended” after being asked whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest. Check  it out if you’d like to have your entire morning ruined by ignorance!! Otherwise just take my word for it- Republicans are still hugely, unapologetically, unsurprisingly anti-woman.

[*Turns red, falls over in fury*]

Politico reports that Mourdock (very unsuccessfully) tried to backtrack a little bit in an interview after the debate:

Mourdock explained after the debate he did not believe God intended the rape, but that God is the only one who can create life.

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

Um…that’s exactly what you said, you sick and twisted guy! (Hey- your words not mine).

My question is, why are we still surprised by stuff like this? When a Wisconsin lawmaker says that “some girls rape easy” or a Kansas state rep compares getting pregnant from rape to getting a flat tire, these aren’t silly gaffes or outrageous moments in an otherwise pro-woman political party: they are moments of insight providing a glimpse behind the curtain into the mind of an anti-woman policymaker aka a Republican. I mean seriously, have you checked out their party platform lately?

In a politically charged landscape like ours, and with mere weeks to go before the presidential election, the stakes could not be higher for women. In that sense, though I’m not a particularly religious person, I have to wonder if maybe God intended for radical anti-woman gaffes to go viral at this late stage in the game. Just, you know, because (S)he has our backs like that.

Brooklyn, NY

Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to serving as an Executive Director at Feministing, Lori is the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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