Another day, another Republican struggling to explain what he meant to say on the issue of abortion.
Seriously, who are these people?
In August, Missouri Rep. Todd Akin gamely tried to distinguish between “legitimate rape” and what presumably is rape of the illegitimate kind, saying that pregnancy rarely results from the former. Here’s his quote from the New York Times.
“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Mr. Akin said of pregnancies from rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”
(I believe I may have discovered who Akin’s physician source was on that: Fellow Space, Science and Technology Committee member Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., who believes evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are lies straight from the pit of hell.)
Now, we have a new contender in the abortion-gaffe parade, from Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, a candidate for U.S. Senate from that state. In a debate, Mourdock said he opposes an exception for rape in his anti-abortion position because it might have been God’s plan.
“I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God,” Mr. Mourdock said. “And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Now, we don’t want to get into a parsing of Calvinist thought on predestination here, whether God’s foreknowledge of events is equivalent to him willing all events to happen, or whether any event can happen outside God’s will. That inevitably brings us to this old conundrum: If God really is all-good and all-powerful, why would he let bad things happen, such as the Holocaust, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks or Indiana Senate debates?
Frankly, God has been getting quite a bad reputation from Republicans lately, whether it’s their claims that he told them to run for office or, now, that he’s apparently a rape-enabler. Is it at all possible that God just wants to be left out of the whole mess?
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, for his part, says he disagrees with Mourdock, although he’s still standing by Mourdock’s Senate campaign. Locally, Democrats accused Sen. Dean Heller of tacitly agreeing with Mourdock.
Said Nevada Democratic Party Chairwoman Roberta Lange: “Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s reprehensible
The Heller campaign said earlier today in a statement: “Dean Heller disagrees. He does not share these views.” So there.
Oh, and lest we forget, the Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent‘s indispensable Plum Line blog reminds us that our very own Sharron Angle was saying crazy things about abortion before it was cool.