Cornyn Stood By Richard Mourdock After Mourdock Made Statement Saying Pregnancy From Rape “Something God Intended To Happen.”

According to Roll Call, “National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) is standing by his nominee in Indiana, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who said pregnancy that results from rape ‘is something God intended to happen’ in the final Senate debate Tuesday night. Mourdock was answering a question about abortion and explaining his position that he is against the procedure in all cases except when the life of the mother is at risk. He faces Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, who is also anti-abortion-rights but believes in exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother. ‘Richard and I, along with millions of Americans – including even Joe Donnelly – believe that life is a gift from God,’ Cornyn said in a statement emailed to reporters this morning. ‘To try and construe his words as anything other than a restatement of that belief is irresponsible and ridiculous. In fact, rather than condemning him for his position, as some in his party have when it’s come to Republicans, I commend Congressman Donnelly for his support of life.’” [Roll Call, 10/24/12]