VIDEO – Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, of “rape pregnancy is a gift from God” fame, also believes that insurance companies should not cover birth control at all.
Months before Richard Mourdock made his infamous statement that when a woman is impregnated by a rapist that “it is something God intended to happen”, the GOP Senate candidate from Indiana said that insurance companies should not cover birth control at all.
INTERVIEWER: “I know Rick Santorum in his speech was talking a lot about this. He even went so far as to say, ‘I don’t think insurance plans should be covering birth control in the first place.’ Do you think he’s right about that?”
MOURDOCK: “I do, I do. I don’t think that’s the role of government. We have to start rolling back government. There are many issues out there beyond Obamacare, but really the issue overlying everything is, is this nation going to survive? And that ultimately becomes an issue of economics.”
Richard Mourdock doesn’t believe it is the role of government to require health insurance companies to provide access to affordable birth control. But, he does think it is the role of government to force a rape victim to carry her attacker’s baby to term.
If you haven’t been paying attention, you might believe that Mourdock is some kind of rouge radical in Republican politics who represents an extremist fringe of the party. But Mourdock is actually following the official GOP platform on women’s reproductive issues.
Back in August, there was another statement from a Republican Senatorial candidate, Todd Akin of Missouri, who said that women who are victims of “legitimate rape” cannot get pregnant. Back then, most of the Republican party distanced itself from Akin and his comments. But he was also just following what is enshrined in the Republican platform. And after a few weeks, the same people in the GOP who were denouncing his comments were back at his side supporting him.
Mitt Romney’s running mate for vice president, Paul Ryan, co-sponsored a bill with Todd Akin which sought to redefine rape, creating a term called “forcible rape” which would allow the government to decide if a woman had been raped forcefully enough to qualify for an abortion. And Mitt Romney himself has vowed to defund Planned Parenthood and said he supports a “personhood amendment” which would define a fertilized egg as a person with the rights of a person. Such an amendment would outlaw birth control pills, en vitro fertilization, and of course, abortion in all cases including rape and incest.
The Republican “war on women” rages on in 2012 and voters must decide if they want to elect religious zealots who are America’s equivalent to the Taliban to the nation’s highest offices. If these extremists are validated by voters, women can expect to have their rights rolled back to where they were fifty or even one hundred years ago.