By: Shauna Segadelli, Law Student
Pro-lifers, like law students, are used to sifting through partisan mumbo-jumbo. In the torrential windstorm of pre-election hysteria, the popular media’s pro-abortion currents are running stronger than ever.
In this blogospherical state of emergency, a candidate’s statement that “life is a gift from God” has been called “callous, insulting, and completely out of touch;” “outrageous and demeaning to women;” and an “exceeded extreme.”
A week after the Indiana senatorial debate, TV and cyber outlets continue to hammer Republican candidate Richard Mourdock for his answer to a question about pregnancy resulting from rape:
“I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize 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.”
Translation: All life is God’s gift.
NOT: Rape is an act of God. That’s what Jesus wants: the babies of rape.
Mourdock’s isn’t really a confusing statement. The media’s immediate and harsh response made it sound villainous.
The Louisville Courier-Journal is an archetypal example. The day after the debate, the Journal endorsed Mourdock’s opponent as “the only rational choice for voters,” saying that Mourdock’s statement “exceeded extreme.”
The Senate candidate opposes the legality of abortion except when the mother’s life is in danger. He opposes abortion because, according to his website, “Richard is unapologetically pro-life and will work to stop federal funding for abortion.” He believes that preborn babies are people; logically extended, he believes that preborn babies are people whether they resulted from rape, in vitro fertilization, or natural conception.
Considering that Mourdock’s pro-life views are shared by the majority of Americans, I can hardly consider his statement “extreme” by anyone’s standard.
Immediately after the debate, Mourdock clarified his statement in order to avoid confusion concerning his point of view: “God creates life, and that was my point. God does not want rape, and by no means was I suggesting that He does. Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick.”
He later added: “I abhor rape, and I am absolutely confident that, as I stand here, the God that I worship abhors violence, abhors sexual violence and abhors rape. The God that I worship would never, ever want to see evil done… If [people] came away with any impression other than that, I truly regret it.”
But that wasn’t quick enough to save Mourdock from an outcry of biblical proportions, from Democratic politicians (including President Obama) as well as their pet megaphones, subjecting Mourdock’s statement to relentless rehash in tribute to the god of abortion. The distorting message is simple: in Obama’s words, “This is why you don’t want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women’s health care decisions.”
Translation: Neither politics nor its divinely ordained media accepts those who stand for life.