Indiana Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock has offered a partial apology for his remarks Tuesday night that pregnancy from rape is “something that God intended to happen,” after sparking a firestorm akin to Missouri Republican Todd Akin’s earlier this year.
“I don’t think God wants rape. I don’t think he wants that at all because rape is evil,” he said during a news conference Wednesday.
“So many people mistook, twisted, came to misunderstand the points that I was trying to make,” Mourdock added.
“If in any way people came away with the wrong meaning, I apologize,” he said, but the Republican candidate remained adamant that to stay true to his faith, he cannot completely apologize for the intended significance of his remarks.
The controversy stemmed from Tuesday’s debate against Democratic rival Rep. Joe Donnelly, when Mourdock was asked whether abortion should be allowed after instances of incest and rape.