As if we needed yet another reminder why today’s GOP is everything like the crazy, rambling religious guy with the long beard on the street corner (except for the beard), Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (R-IN) made Rep. Todd Akin look like Ted Kennedy when he vigorously declared that he opposes aborting pregnancies conceived in rape because “it is something that God intended to happen.”
During the final debate with Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Mourdock used a bayonet in the Republican war on women:
“The only exception I have to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother,” said Mourdock, the Tea Party-backed state treasurer. “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” (Huffington Post)
Donnelly, who considers himself “pro-life” but believes in abortion in instances of rape and incest, appears to be the moderate Republican.
“I believe in pro-life,” Donnelly said, carving out somewhat more moderate anti-abortion stance. “I believe that life begins at conception. The only exceptions I believe in are for rape, incest and the life a mother.” (Huffington Post)
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Mourdock defeated veteran (sane) Republican Sen. Richard Lugar in the May primary and is among the many crazy man-children pandering to the worst segment of the electorate: Teabaggers. Either guys like Akin and Mourdock were absent during the discussion on courting the female vote or their teacher was Slick Rick meets Pat Robertson.
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