State of Indiana Archives: on Abortion


Joe Donnelly: Abortions only in cases of rape, incest, and maternal life

Republican Richard Mourdock ignited a controversy over rape and abortion in Tuesday's final Senate debate that lit up the internet and prompted GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to disavow his words. The storm erupted when the candidates were asked about abortion. Both Mourdock and Donnelly said they believe life begins at conception. Donnelly said he supported allowing abortions only in cases of rape, incest and to save the life of the mother.

Mourdock, who appeared to choke back tears as he spoke, said the only exception he could support was if the mother's life was in danger. "Life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen," Mourdock said, his voice thick with emotion. His words drew immediate shocked reaction, [including] Romney's campaign: "Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments, and they do not reflect his views."

Source: Indianapolis Star on 2012 Ind. Senate debate Oct 24, 2012

Richard Mourdock: No exception for rape; only for maternal life

Richard Mourdock ignited a controversy over rape and abortion in Tuesday's final Senate debate that lit up the internet and prompted GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to disavow his words. The storm erupted when the candidates were asked about abortion. Both Mourdock and Donnelly said they believe life begins at conception. Donnelly said he supported allowing abortions only in cases of rape, incest and to save the life of the mother.

Mourdock, who appeared to choke back tears as he spoke, said the only exception he could support was if the mother's life was in danger. "Life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen," Mourdock said. His words drew immediate shocked reaction, [including] Romney's campaign: "Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments, and they do not reflect his views." Indiana Right to Life Political Action Committee's also stood by its endorsement of Mourdock.

Source: Indianapolis Star on 2012 Ind. Senate debate Oct 24, 2012

Richard Mourdock: No exception for rape, but God doesn't want people raped

Mourdock said during a debate, "Life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen." Mourdock, who seemed taken aback by the reaction, tried to clarify his comments after the debate. It was, he said, "sick" and "bizarre" that anyone would think he was saying God had intended the rape. But, he said, God created the life, regardless of the circumstances of the conception. "What I said is God creates life. As a person of faith I believe that," he said. "Does God want people raped? Of course not." Anyone who suggests he said anything else is "twisted," he said.

Donnelly commented after the debate, "I don't know any God who would ever intend something like that," he said of rape. "It is an unspeakable crime."

But Mourdock's position is reflected in the Republican Party's national platform adopted at their convention this year. In fact, it opposed abortion and made no mention of any exceptions of any kind

Source: Indianapolis Star on 2012 Ind. Senate debate Oct 24, 2012

Joe Donnelly: God would never intend for rape to happen

Mourdock says when a woman is impregnated during a rape, "it's something God intended." Mourdock was asked Tuesday during the final minutes of a debate whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest.

He replied: "I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that's something God intended to happen."

In response to Mourdock's comment, Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly said after the debate that he doesn't believe "my God, or any God, would intend that to happen."

Source: Associated Press on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Oct 23, 2012

Richard Mourdock: God at work when rape leads to pregnancy

Mourdock says when a woman is impregnated during a rape, "it's something God intended." Mourdock was asked Tuesday during the final minutes of a debate whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest.

He replied: "I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that's something God intended to happen."

In response to Mourdock's comment, Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly said after the debate that he doesn't believe "my God, or any God, would intend that to happen."

Source: Associated Press on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Oct 23, 2012

Richard Lugar: Government should not have a role in reproductive services

Lugar, the six-term incumbent, said the federal government should not have a role in reproductive services. "I think I'll do a ditto," said Mourdock, the second-term state treasurer.

In his closing comments, Mourdock said, "As you've heard tonight, we have differences." Not many. Unlike the almost daily accusations and rebuttals between their campaigns, Mourdock and Lugar were mostly on the same page during their only debate in advance of the May 8 Republican primary election.

Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Apr 12, 2012

Richard Mourdock: Government should not have a role in reproductive services

Lugar, the six-term incumbent, said the federal government should not have a role in reproductive services. "I think I'll do a ditto," said Mourdock, the second-term state treasurer.

In his closing comments, Mourdock said, "As you've heard tonight, we have differences." Not many. Unlike the almost daily accusations and rebuttals between their campaigns, Mourdock and Lugar were mostly on the same page during their only debate in advance of the May 8 Republican primary election.

Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Apr 12, 2012

Brad Ellsworth: Taxpayer money ok for abortions

Both support extending tax cuts for small businesses. Both are also anti-abortion and in favor of gun rights.

Ellsworth even earned an endorsement from the National Rifle Association because Coats voted in 1991 for the Brady Bill to institute federal background checks for most gun purchases.

Coats said he earned an endorsement from the Indiana and National Right to Life organization, mostly because Ellsworth voted for a health care law that did not prohibit taxpayer money being used for abortions.

Source: News & Tribune coverage of 2010 Indiana Senate debate Oct 24, 2010

Mitch Daniels: No stem-cell research; private funds ok for adult stem cells

Q: Do you support state funding of stem cell research?

A: No.

Q: Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?

A: No.

Q: Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?

A: Yes.

Daniels adds, "I have no moral objection to research conducted on adult stem cells. In fact, some very interesting and important work in this area is being done at the Indiana University School of Medicine. I do not in principle oppose state support for such research, but in general I believe that our state's limited resources for investment should be focused on later stage research efforts that can support the commercialization of new discoveries and the creation of new companies and jobs from them. If/when adult stem cell research gets to that stage, state investment may make sense."

Source: Indiana Gubernatorial Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Mitch Daniels: Legal abortion for rape, incest, or medical danger

Source: Indiana Gubernatorial Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

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