‘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.

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Lori Adelman is Executive Director of Partnerships at Feministing, where she enjoys creating and curating content on gender, race, class, technology, and the media. Lori is also an advocacy and communications professional specializing in sexual and reproductive rights and health, and currently works in the Global Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Brooklyn.

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

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  • Melissa

    *quietly hides my Indiana driver’s license*
    Come on Indiana… first that I was born in Missouri and Todd Akin is doing his stupidity and now this…. >.<
    I think we should send him two copies of Our Bodies Ourselves.

  • Anne

    If Romney wishes to appeal to women voters, maybe he shouldn’t support these ridiculous people, and start focusing on issues that would aid women’s rights, rather than smothering them.

  • emily jones

    On the subject of morals, I am reminded of an excerpt from a book I read recently called “Lincoln and Obama” by Gene Griessman. In it, he tells of a story when Lincoln was practicing law. A man walks into the office and wants to bring suit against a widow with 6 children. “After hearing the man out, Lincoln replies, ‘Yes, we can doubtless gain your case for you…We can distress a widowed mother and her six fatherless children, and thereby get for you six hundred dollars for which you seem to have a legal claim…We shall not take your case, but will give you a little advice for which we will charge you nothing…We would advise you to try your hand at making 600 dollars in some other way.”

    I know Obama is not perfect. But he’s not a homophobic, hetersexist bigot either. I can’t stand the homophobic rhetoric shrouded in “christian morals.”
    Our country’s politics are deeply flawed. Our economy is shit and our healthcare is so poor our infant mortality rate is comparable to that of CUBA. However, I will NEVER vote for someone that promotes hate, regardless of what he can “do for our economy” (if anything). I am not a Christian, but I do have morals. I believe in caring for those who cannot care for themselves, I believe in investing in people, not corporations. I also believe in equality and justice. I do not believe in hate, fear mongering and uber religious zealots telling me what I can and cannot do with my body or what I can do IN THE BEDROOM. Obama has his mind on what is important, much like Lincoln did when that man walked into his law office over 150 years ago.