Mitt Romney is distancing himself from comments made by Richard Mourdock, a U.S. Senate candidate from the Indiana GOP, who turned heads Tuesday night with his new claim that he would not support a woman's seeking out an abortion, in spite of her pregnancy being conceived from something as awful as rape, because "it is something that God intended to happen."
"Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments, and they do not reflect his views," said Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign in an effort to create a necessary distance between the suddenly moderate-leaning presidential candidate and the politician he once endorsed.
Check out the clip of Mourdock's comment on The Huffington Post here, then come back when you're appropriately horrified.
Standing in front of an audience at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana, Richard Mourdock distanced himself from his Democratic and Libertarian opponents by doubling-down on an extreme stance on abortion shared by few members of his pro-life party.
"I, too, certainly stand for life," began Mourdock, " I know that there are some who disagree and I respect their point of view but I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have to have an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time but I came to realize that life is a gift from God, and I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something God intended to happen."
Apart from a generic horrified gasp, I'm not quite sure where to begin with this. This comment comes one month after Todd Akin, the much maligned pro-life congressman from Missouri, made a wrong-headed, factually incorrect, and offensive distinction between legitimate rape, which by his logic could not get a woman pregnant, and illegitimate rape, which he did not define.
The biggest logical problem with Mourdock's comment? If God intended for the woman to bring a life into this world, then God also intended to choose that specific means of conception.
Mourdock is the Tea Party-endorsed candidate for the Senate position, and currently holds the position of Indiana state treasurer. All three candidates are pro-life.
For a look at how Mourdock's comments could hurt Romney's chances at becoming our next president, click here.