..."even when life begins with that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen." ...
"The only exception I have to have an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something God intended to happen."
Why do only Republican candidates get to know the will of God? And why does the "will of God" come and go only in fits? So God intended for the rape to happen, and for the pregnancy from the rape to happen, but apparently not an abortion from that pregnancy? Why would that be? If God wanted someone to be pregnant, from what I've read, He had ways of making that happen pretty directly, with no human intervention necessary.
But this continues the theme in many pro-life circles. It is very hard to rationalize denying abortion to rape victims without seeming heartless and cruel. So we now have legitimate rape, which doesn't result in pregnancy, and emergency rape, and forcible rape. In many Republican eyes some rapes deserve abortions, others, not so much. For many other Republicans, such as Mourdock, pregnancy from rape is a "gift from God." He is cut from the same cloth as Rick Santorum, who said:
"As horrible as the way that that son or daughter and son was created, it still is her child. [...] I believe and I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created -- in the sense of rape -- but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you.As you know, we have to, in lots of different aspects of our life. We have horrible things happen. I can't think of anything more horrible. But, nevertheless, we have to make the best out of a bad situation."
While I guess they both get points for consistency, he loses a large part of the electorate at that point. Rape is a huge violation of the body, and some candidate telling a woman to look upon her rape and its results as a "gift" is both insulting and infuriating. But it seems once again that magical thinking has taken over the Republican party. Just last week Rep. Joe Walsh said in a debate this gem, "With modern technology and science, you can't find one instance, there is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing." Walsh apparently has never heard of an ectopic pregnancy.
But why do Republicans keep getting these candidates who in years past would have been relegated to the fringe? As the leadership and drive of the Republican party is becoming more concentrated in the religious right, rather than the business conservatives who drove the party before, I think we will see increasingly more of these candidates. Yet the problem for the Republican party going forward is that such candidates are increasingly unpalatable to the electorate at large, which forces more moderates from the party, which increases the likelihood of even more fringe candidates becoming nominated for office. The Republican party eventually becomes a nonentity. Perhaps that was the will of God?