By now, everybody knows that Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock thinks abortion restrictions should have no exceptions for rape. In other words, he thinks rape victims should be forced to carry their attacker’s child to term. He’s been condemned for that view.
But I didn’t know Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan had once said he shared that view. But that’s what you hear in this video from President Barack Obama‘s campaign:
Unquestionably, the no-abortion-under-any-circumstances philosophy is a consistent one: If a person believes life begins at conception, then all abortion is murder, regardless of how a woman became pregnant. But the application of that philosophy — women forced to endure pregnancies from rape or incest or both — is truly an awful thing.
And, apparently, something a growing number of people in the mainstream Republican Party embrace.