Transcript: Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s comments on denying abortion in rape cases

Edited by Jenny Jiang

Transcript of Republican candidate Richard Mourdock’s comments on abortion in cases of rape at the Indiana Senate debate on Oct. 23, 2012: 

Moderator Dennis Fyerson, Indiana Debate Commission Board Member:

“The issue of abortion and contraception continue to divide the country. Questions received from voters reflected that divide. For example, one voter wanted to know your position on a woman’s right to abortion but not only that but to contraception and other reproductive health services and whether government should provide those services. Another asked if you believed that life begins at conception and in that person’s view what would you do to protect babies who could be aborted during your term in the Senate. So where do you stand on these issues?”

Richard Mourdock:

“You know, this is that issue that every candidate for federal or even state office faces.

“And I, too, certainly stand for life.

“I know there are some who disagree and I respect their point of view but I believe that life believes at conception.

“The only exception I have for – to have an abortion is in that case for the life of the mother.

“I just – I struggle with it myself for a long time but I came to realize that life is that gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something that God intended to happen.”

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