"This is that issue that every candidate for federal, or even state, office faces, and I too stand for life. I know there are some who disagree and I respect their point of view and I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have [for abortion] is in that case [where] the life of the mother [is threatened]. I struggled with it for a long time, but I came to realize that life is a 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." (Emphasis added)
That last phrase, "something that God intended to happen." perhaps lost Mourdock the election. As I watched the election on CNN Tuesday night, one of the reporters stated that Mourdock made a "blunder." Perhaps it was a political blunder. Most people find it hard to believe that God would use evil to do good. But was Mourdock correct to say that God intended it to happen?
One could ask whether Mourdock meant that God intended the rape or the pregnancy to happen, or both. Without a doubt this is a tricky subject. As Christians, we believe that children are a gift from God.