INDIANAPOLIS (WKOW) -- Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is standing by his statement that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape "that's something God intended." He says some people misinterpreted his comment.
Mourdock said in a news conference Wednesday that he abhors any sexual violence and regrets it if his comment during a debate Tuesday night left another impression.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and other Republicans have distanced themselves from Mourdock's stance.
A spokesperson for the President's campaign says Obama finds Richard Mourdock's comments "outrageous and demeaning to women."
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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WKOW) -- Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock plans to address the media Wednesday morning, the day after he made controversial comments about rape. He said when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape "that's something God intended."
Mourdock made the comments when asked during a debate Tuesday night whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest.
He replied: "Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."
Mourdock's comments come two months after Missouri GOP Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin said women's bodies have ways of preventing pregnancy in cases of what he called "legitimate rape."
Mourdock is locked in a tight race with Democrat Rep. Joe Donnelly. Democrats quickly criticized Mourdock's comments, and a spokeswoman for Mitt Romney says the GOP presidential hopeful disagrees with Mourdock.
President Barack Obama's campaign says a Republican Senate candidate's comments about rape are a reminder that Mitt Romney and a GOP-led Congress would feel women shouldn't be able to make choices about their health care.
Spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki says Obama finds Richard Mourdock's comments "outrageous and demeaning to women."
Murdoch has planned a press conference for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Watch it live at www.wkow.com/live.