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Mourdock and rape as ‘something God intended’ and more [AM Briefing]

GOP U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock calls rape pregnancies a ‘gift from God.’ (ThinkProgress)

Politico’s Arena asks: Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock told debate viewers last night that he opposes abortion even in the case of rape, because pregnancy from rape is “something that God intended to happen.” The controversy comes as Mourdock’s campaign unveils a new ad featuring an on-camera endorsement from Mitt Romney and just months after Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments. Do Mourdock’s comments damage Mitt Romney by association? Should Mourdock step aside for his comments, or simply continue in his race as Akin has?

“I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God,” Mourdock said at a debate. “And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” Mourdock appeared to be choking up as he made the comments. He also noted that, while he doesn’t believe in abortion in the case of rape and incest, he does believe it should be used to save the life of the mother. (Washington Post)

AEI’s Jonah Goldberg on why he thinks early voting is bad for America. (National Review)

Michael Ledeen: For Iran, no red line means green light. (Washington Times)

“Few election issues will have as much impact on our lives as what will happen to America’s health-care system. After all, health care represents a sixth of the US economy and employs more than 11.5 million workers. And to patients, it represents matters of life and death, involving some of the most important and personal decisions a person can make,” writes Cato’s Michael Tanner. (New York Post)

Manhattan Institute’s Diana Furchtgott-Roth: Energy sources of the future, or of the next election? (Washington Examiner)

Cato’s Michael Tanner: Disappointing debates. (National Review)