Republican hopes for taking back the Senate this year have absorbed a variety of blows in the past several months. Olympia Snowe’s retirement and Todd Akin’s comments about pregnancy and rape dramatically reduced the chances of a GOP takeover. (Snip)Here’s the quote from an answer to a question about his opposition to even the rape exception on abortion: I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.
Comments: It seems too easy for a man to say a woman should carry a rapist's child. I hate abortion "on demand", but there should be exceptions.
Pubbies should have one very carefully-crafted statement on this issue and repeat it ad nauseum so the MSM will stop asking. Will they never learn? Until they do, they leave themselves wide open for gaffes and give the liberals an opportunity for mass hysteria.
If abortion is the taking of innocent life, isn't it always and forever the taking of innocent life in every case? It just seems if you make one exception, there are thousands to follow. Innocent is innocent~~harsh though it may seem.
If you read his remarks in context and do not get hysterical and looking for these nasty headlines by the MSM, he said every life is precious and a gift from God. I agree. You either believe that or you are OK with abortion. Most of my friends had an abortion, so I do not judge, it is just a really uncomfortable question most women do not want to face.
Why? Because he looks at children as a blessing from God no matter what the circumstances of their conception? I feel pity for those people who can not see that children are much more than just the product of combining two sources of DNA. With love and support, their potential is unlimited, as is their capacity to return that love.
Let me make sure I follow this: God wanted the life to occur. If God wanted the life to occur than he must have also wanted the method of procreation to occur - unless you are willing to state that God is so helpless that he cannot get a woman pregnant without resorting to rape, and if you think that, think about the basis of Christianity - so he must have wanted the rape to occur, if he wanted the rape to occur, than he intended for sin. The God I worship drives no one to sin. Now had he said: "God still loves that child, God still loves the mother and holds her blameless, and that he feels that God would want the mother to hold the child blameless and not punish the child by denying them life." I would have zero disagreement, but that is not what he said and another knucklehead throws a knuckleball and gives the Dems a walk. My only hope is that Romney's coattails are long enough to carry these idiots over the finish-line.
Mourdock was right. God is the one who opens the womb. I've met a woman who was raped and got pregnant. She kept the child and raised him. Sadly, too many people will read his comment and 'assume' that Mourdock is done. Reality? He put Lugar out, and he'll do the same to 'Bailout Joe' Donnelly. The 'libs' assume that the population won't vote straight ticket. Oh, yes they WILL!
This is simply not an issue these candidates should be talking about. Every utterance is twisted and played by the media again and again. It's quicksand. Especially this late in the game.
You have an economy in turmoil and Democrats in utter failure and you go to social issues? I know there are some people here who would demand that, but what has it gotten us in the past? What has engaging in this conversation politically done? Killed a bunch of babies is what it's done.
We all know the definition of insanity. I just with the Republicans could break the cycle.
This is not like picking large ripe canteloupe. We have the candidates we have. In olden days we also had Vikings. Men who took spoils of war. My Icelandic mother's red hair dates back to raids on Ireland. Noah got drunk one night and his daughters apparently had their way, and they conceived. The Russians raped 100,000 German and Polish women in Berlin, and the women who didn't commit suicide often gave birth. Right now in the Middle East you have a relationship between men and women that can begin in rape, follow into cliterectomies, and end in honor killings. In Egypt they are trying to pass a law where men can have sex with their dead wives for up to six hours. God knows these children in the mother's womb. That's what Mourdock was saying. You have a choice. You can vote like a Frenchman or you can go with the "upright, downright, forthright square" who loves America and knows how to vote policy that will keep us from slavery.
When will we learn that social issues have no place in governmental politics - they are a loser and should be. Our side rightly complains about the government interfering in our lives in all other issues with the exception of this one. This has and will turn fiscal conservatives, independents and libertarians who are social moderates against the party and the result is we will lose elections and with it our freedom - enough
While I understand what everyone is saying I am not so sure you would feel the same way if it was your 11 year old daughter (a 5th or 6th grader) who had been impregnated by her 27 year old uncle. I will not judge anyone who chooses an abortion under these circumstances. I have to give my support to the person who is in the here and now, in the flesh. Her mental and physical health must be considered. This is wholly different from the woman who decides to abort for no reason when the child is fully developed and close to term. Abortion is the law of the land and Mourdock cannot change it. It would have to be reviewed by the Supreme Court and reversed and then it would probably be sent back to each state. I live in Indiana and I voted for Mourdock because I felt it was time for Lugar to retire. I will vote for Mourdock again.
In 1860, the pundits were saying, ''Slavery is the law of the land and cannot be changed; even the Supreme Court has affirmed it (Dredd Scott).'' Some things are true right up to the point where they become false. Why should I vote for a pro-death candidate?
Clements told us, "Better to sit in silence and be presumed a dunce than open one's mouth and remove all doubt." Mourdock has removed all doubt w/this reckless comment. Like the moth to a lit candle, the intellectually pretentious, are forever drawn into discussions way beyond their ability and make utter fools of themselves in the process.
Poorly chosen words and Mourdock may suffer the consequences of them. Rape is a heinous crime. Severe, long-term punishment should be the response, holding responsible those who commit the crime (and, I would add, those who falsely accuse another of it).
It is difficult, even extremely uncomfortable, to take a principled stand here. But for what other crime is an innocent party sentenced to death?
Victims of rape deserve to be cared for in every way, and if their lives are in danger due to a pregnancy, then abortion should be allowed as it has always been. Otherwise there is no justification to end an innocent life. That is not meant as an easy or glib answer, for it's not. It is an enormously difficult and unjust situation. But neither your life nor mine nor that of the unborn ought to be at risk due to our fathers' crimes.
Ramona (the Pest)
Or we could just turn away and pretend as if 50 million abortions have had no effect on our culture and society. Ramona (the Pest)
This writer would abort the Tea Party, which is responsible for the Republican House and Obama's impending defeat. It ain't perfect, but at least we don't have to deal with Dick Freaking Lugar. Good riddance.
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