Pregnancy from rape is 'God's will'
A Republican US senate candidate has said pregnancy caused by rape is something "God intended" and not a situation that justifies an abortion.
Indiana candidate Richard Mourdock’s comment came in response to a question toward the end of a debate last night with his opponents, Democrat Joe Donnelly and Libertarian Andrew Horning. It comes amid a tight race and less than two weeks before the election.
"I've struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God," said Mourdock,.
"And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."
Mr Mourdock, described his position on abortion as believing that "life begins at conception,".
Mr Mourdock (61), has the endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. However a Romney spokeswoman said the presidential nominee "disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments, and they do not reflect his views".