Woman Conceived in Rape: Stop Attacking Richard Mourdock

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 28, 2012   |   5:29PM   |   Indianapolis, IN

Monica Kelsey of Woodburn, Indiana, found out two years ago she was conceived in rape. Monica calls on Joe Donnelly and his friends to immediately remove a $1+ million ad buy from the airwaves that exploits rape for political gain.

During a debate Tuesday night with his Democratic opponent, Rep. Joe Donnelly, who is opposed by pro-life groups, Mourdock explained why he opposes abortion in the case of rape.

“I just struggled with it myself for a long time but I came to realize: Life is that gift from God that I think even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen,” he said.

After the debate, Mourdock clarified what he meant.

“God creates life, and that was my point. God does not want rape, and by no means was I suggesting that he does. Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick,” stated Mourdock.

Democrats have compared it to Rep. Todd Akin’s assertion that pregnancy can’t result from “legitimate rape.”



Indiana Right to Life Political Action Committee’s (PAC) Chairman Mike Fichter told LifeNews that his group strongly supports Mourdock.

“Richard Mourdock showed Hoosiers that he will stand up for all innocent, human life once elected to the U.S. Senate. Richard recognizes what our Founding Fathers wisely proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence. They declared that we are endowed by our Creator with the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” he said.

Richter added, “Rape is a vile act, committed in evil. When a pregnancy results out of this horrific crime, every bit of care and love must be shown to the victim. We believe that life begins at fertilization and with fertilization comes the right to life as affirmed in the Declaration of Independence.”

“While the senate debate in New Albany, Ind. was going on tonight, in West Lafayette, Ind., Rebecca Kiessling was addressing a Tippecanoe County Right to Life event. Rebecca was conceived in rape,” he told LifeNews. “Even though her mother attempted to abort her on two occasions, Rebecca was born and she gives a face to someone conceived in rape. Only God can know the purpose for all human life whether conceived in rape, an unplanned pregnancy or planned circumstances.”