During his Sunday interview on ABC’s This Week, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich defended GOP senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock‘s controversial comment that pregnancies resulting from rape is “something that God intended” and thus no abortion exceptions for rape should be made.
When asked about GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s endorsement of Mourdock and the relative lack of Republicans condemning the rape remarks, Gingrich said: “If you listen to what Mourdock actually said, he said what virtually every Catholic and every fundamentalist in the country believes: Life begins at conception.”
Host George Stephanopoulos pushed back, clarifying that Mourdock’s comments implied that “as horrible as it may be,” the rape and the resulting conception were part of God’s plan. “Do you agree with that?” he asked.
“[Mourdock] also immediately issued a clarification saying that he was referring to the act of conception and he condemned rape,” Gingrich shot back.
“This is nonsense. Every candidate I know, every decent American i know condemns rape, okay?” an irritated Gingrich continued. “So why can’t people like [Obama adviser] Stephanie Cutter get over it? We all condemn rape.”
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