resident Obama on Wednesday criticized Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s controversial comments on rape, saying that the Indiana Republican was wrong when he called pregnancy resulting from rape “something God intended to happen.”
"I don’t know how these guys come up with these ideas," Obama said during a taping of "The Tonight Show" in Burbank, Calif. "Let me make a very simple proposition. Rape is rape. It is a crime."
"These various distinctions about rape don’t make too much sense to me, don’t make any sense to me," he said.
Obama also laid out a contrast between his position on women’s issues and Mitt Romney’s, saying that “Roe vs. Wade is probably hanging in the balance” depending on the outcome of the presidential race and the winner’s eventual Supreme Court appointments.
Obama added that Mourdock’s remarks are evidence of why government shouldn’t make decisions on women’s health.
"This is exactly why you don’t want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women’s health care decisions. Women are capable of making these decisions in consultation with their partners, with their doctors," he said to loud applause. "And for politicians to want to intrude in this stuff, oftentimes without any information, is a huge problem. And this is obviously part of what’s stake at this election."
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