To be fair, Richard Mourdock, the U.S. Senate candidate in Indiana, isn't a myth-slinging blowhard like another GOP contender for the Senate, Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri. It's hard to forget Akin's less-than-expert medical opinion that in cases of "legitimate rape," women's bodies have ways to prevent a pregnancy, or as he put it, "shut that whole thing down."
Mourdock, a "tea party" candidate who won the GOP nomination over a more moderate Republican, was speaking on matters of faith, not (pseudo)science, when he said that even in cases of rape, if the woman becomes pregnant, that was something God had intended to happen, which was why he would not support keeping abortion legal in the case of sexual attack. He went on to say that he respected the differing beliefs of others, but, as he put it:
“I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Respect isn't the word I would use to describe Mourdock's position, though. If he respects the different beliefs about God, religious structure and abortion, he wouldn't be pressing to force his particular religious perspective on others. Instead, he'd say: Well, it's not something I can condone because of my religious beliefs, but it's not something I have the right to stop, knowing that others believe differently.