Republican Senators: rape babies are God’s will, and there’s no such thing as the mother’s health

How have the Republicans not already choked to death on the proverbial foot they’ve jammed down their proverbial throat? Surely they’re up to the thigh now, and the whole thing’s beginning to look a little bit sexual.

But no. They’ve done it again.

“I struggled with it myself for a long time, and I realized that life is a gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen,” Mourdock said, explaining that he would allow for exceptions to an abortion ban when a mother’s life is in danger.

Really? Go get born to a raped woman and tell me what a gift your life is. That biological father you Republicans think is such a boon to his kids? Yeah, not in your case. Your mother thrilled that you’ve arrived in the world? Not so much, and don’t anyone even think about suggesting that’s anything but a perfectly healthy response to having a rape baby. You try being that child, and you tell me how much fun that is, you piece of shit, because you know what? Some of us here actually know what it’s like, and you don’t. So you need to shut up.

And just in case that’s not bad enough, Rep. Joe Walsh, yet another tea bag, says:

“This is an issue that opponents of life throw out there to make us look unreasonable,” Walsh said. “There’s no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing, with advances in science and technology. Health of the mother has been, has become a tool for abortions any time under any reason.”

So, this is a man who doesn’t know how to use a search engine. Childbirth still kills American women. Everyone on this planet except this Walsh creep knows it.

Both of these men should be forced to work in a coal mine. If this results in somebody getting black lung, well, it was God’s will. If someone dies, well, that can’t be because science fixed all those problems.

Are we done here? When are you asshats just going to admit you value fetuses more than girls and women? Why can you not figure out that this truth would sound better than this twisted gobsmacking nonsense does?

If you need a laugh after this blood pressure raising crap, re-read the article about a commenter who said pro-choicers should have been aborted. These people do not possess Earth logic.


  1. DNi says

    So yeah, on the surface level I understand what Pro-Life people are on about and everything. Like, if you believe Life begins at conception or whatever, then following that logic that means abortion is murder, even still if the conception was induced by rape.

    But then, beyond simply trying to outlaw abortion or make it more difficult to perform, Pro-Life politics don’t seem all the interested in creating an environment that is conducive for informed family planning. I mean, it just sort of goes back to my problem with Conservative doctrine I mentioned in the last article’s comments, that there is a massive contradiction between Ayn Randian, Nihilistic-Atheist, Objectivist Personal Responsibility and Traditional, Christian, Andy Griffith Family Values, and yet Conservatives embrace both. It’s the ultimate in Having Your Cake and Eating It Too. They don’t want women to have abortions but fuck all if they don’t do everything in their power to create a culture that encourages the actual need for abortions.

  2. says

    DNi: They don’t want women to have abortions but fuck all if they don’t do everything in their power to create a culture that encourages the actual need for abortions.

    Exactly. If you want to get rid of abortion, at least part of your platform should be about reducing the need for it. But that would put them in league with us ol’ feminazis who have sick ideas about, like, equal pay for equal work and maybe some daycare for working mothers and better education for young mothers (which is proven to make things better for both the mother and the child) while we work on our plans to invade Poland, of course. 😉

    It never occurs to them that it might be the rapist who’s interfering with God’s will.

    Well, Mourdock does go so far as to say rape is against God’s will and God intends for rape never to happen. But he’s not dealing with a few facts:

    –Young girls get raped at home, often by blood relatives. Pregnancies by blood incest have a higher likelihood of resulting in genetic issues that may condemn the child to a short life of nothing but suffering. This is better for the baby than abortion how? Even when blood incest doesn’t result in such physical suffering, the psychological toll is horrific. The child will likely be under its rapist-father’s control, and statistically it’s likely that if he raped one child, he’ll rape this new baby too.
    –In the case of non-incest rape, Republicans ignore the problem that rapists retain paternity rights even when convicted. Once you bear a rapist’s child, you are tied legally to your rapist forever. And your child may be forced to endure unsupervised visitation with your rapist, and again: many rapists are not at all picky. They’ll rape any handy victim, and a child forced to be alone with them makes a super handy victim.

    Their failure to engage with these very real issues makes it impossible for me to take their rationalizations seriously. You can’t tell me that a benevolent God is super worked up about fetal survival, but doesn’t give a damn what that survival may condemn the infant to.

  3. sbg says

    I don’t really begrudge anyone the attitude that things are God’s will, or belief in a higher power in general. However, God’s will and “the devil made me do it” have always struck me as incredibly convenient excuses to alleviate pesky personal responsibility.

    So, the devil made the rapist a rapist, and God allowed the pregnancy to come from the devil rapist’s raping ways and so we should make a woman have that child. No, I don’t buy that. I really don’t.

  4. Alara Rogers says

    What I don’t get is how anyone can ever interfere with the will of an omnipotent God.

    God doesn’t want you to have an abortion? Something will happen. You’ll spontaneously change your mind. Your rapist will get hit by a bus and killed, so you will feel confident that any baby you might conceive won’t be forced to deal with having a rapist for a father. You won’t have the money to pay for the abortion. Random coincidence will occur that prevent you from having an abortion, or from wanting one. The God of the Bible can mind control people into doing what He wants and He can control random coincidence.

    If you are able to get an abortion, then it is not against the will of an omnipotent God. For humans to be able to stymie the will of God, God would have to be not omnipotent, which I think is supposed to be a heresy or something. So I don’t get why supposed Christian pastors are dissing their God by claiming that mere human beings can subvert His will, ever.

  5. says

    Jennifer Kesler,

    Well, that’s where they get into the whole thing about free will. God’s omnipotent, but chose to give us free will, so we can do evil stuff and the evil is not His fault – of course, this means He invented a creation in which these evils were possible, and in my book that puts the responsibility right back on Him. But even if you accept that rationale, the other problem with it is that God is also supposed to be benevolent, too. These Republicans are basically expressing that God is really worried about fetal survival, but apparently doesn’t give a crap what happens to born babies. That’s sick, not benevolent.

    It’s all just a thinly veiled hatred for women having any sort of reproductive freedom. That’s really all it is. There is no proper Christian rationale for any of it. Because even if you believe that rape babies deserve a chance at life (which IS consistent enough with Christian views), a real Christian would be equally taxed to worry about the little girls and the grown women who have to bear those children, and the rapists who will use it to their advantage. The fact that we never hear it all together as one big giant issue? Yeah. It’s just about misogyny, plain and simple.

  6. Cloudtigress says

    Speaking as someone living in Mourdock’s district, I’m going to put a good chunk of the blame for this current embarassment on the heads of that PAC of outsiders who decided that Senator Richard Lugar (whom Mourdock defeated in the May primary) was such a threat to Truth, Justice, and the American Way (including Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness), that they just HAD to come to Indiana and dump gazillions of dollars to make sure that that evil comprimiser Lugar was defeated. After all, what kind of message would be sent to the youth of America if Lugar’s “find common ground with your opponents to get thing done” message won over Mourdock’s “My way or the highway, MF’s!” message. The One True Rightwing Way would never recover from that blow, boohoo. /end sarcasm.

    Incidentally, Lugar has refused to endorse Mourdock as his successor so long as Mourdock holds to his vow to never compromise with Democrats if he’s elected to the Senate. Don’t immediately recall if Lugar’s tacitly endorsed Mourdock’s Democrat opponent Joe Donnely, though. I doubt that’s a party line he feels he should cross at this time.

  7. says

    Cloudtigress, thanks for that insight. Obviously, that PAC chose their candidate well – he’s either so gullible or so willing to say anything for a buck that he’ll blither out whatever they want him to say.

    I just hope enough of the American people are smart enough to get rid of this guy, Akin, Walsh and any others I’ve forgotten who said similarly ignorant or ridiculous things.

  8. glauke says

    Jennifer Kesler,

    I think you’re on to something there. Marrying women to their rapist is after all the biblical solution for rape. Tying the survivor to her rapist forever might be the feature, not the bug.

  9. SunlessNick says

    Well, Mourdock does go so far as to say rape is against God’s will and God intends for rape never to happen.

    Which I regard as mealy-mouthed bullshit when he goes on to say that the resulting pregnancy is God’s plan.

  10. says


    This is true. It’s a little like saying that while God didn’t intend for you to go to NYC today, he did intend for you to experience a certain event in NYC today. Can’t have the one without the other.

    My point was just that even if you take his remarks in the very best light you can put on them, it’s still the sort of thing that drives normally nice people to think maybe these guys ought to get raped themselves and see if they still feel that way.

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