I've seen politicians boot a lot of questions in my time, but Richard Mourdock's explanation of his position on abortion ranks way up there.
"I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God," Mourdock said. "And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."
No no no. If you're a pro-lifer, what you say is: "I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that human life needs to be protected from the moment of conception, no matter how it came into being, including even in that horrible situation of rape." Whether or not God intended it to happen--whatever the meaning of it is--is irrelevant.
What I'd like to see is some follow-up questions exploring the public policy implications of the position staked out by those, like Mourdock, who cannot support exceptions because they consider abortion to be murder. As in:
Then do you support making abortion a crime? If so, would that crime be premeditated murder? If so, would you charge the woman who procures the abortion as well the doctor who performs it? And if the answer to any of these questions is no, why not?