Indiana senate candidate Richard Mourdock told a live television audience that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, "that's something God intended."
Mourdock was asked at a debate on Tuesday night whether abortion should be allowed in cases of incest and rape. According to Boston Globe, Mourdock said that he has struggled with it for a long time but he realized that life is a gift from God. Mourdock went onto say that even when life begins in a situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen.
According to Washington Post, Rep. Joe Donnelly, Mourdock's Democratic rival, said that the God that he believes in does not intend for rape to happen, ever. Donnelly said that what Mourdock said was shocking and that it was disrespectful to people who survived rape.
According to CBS, after the debate Mourdock said that what he meant to say was that "God creates life." He went onto say that any interpretation of his comments to mean God "pre-ordained rape" were sick.
Mourdock said that he was answering the question from a position of faith, and that he fully believes that God creates life. He said that it is sick if people think that he thinks that God pre-ordained rape.
According to Detroit free Press, the Romney campaign rejected Mourdock's words.
Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign, said that Romney disagrees with Mourdock's comments and they do not reflect his own views.