Senate candidate strikes up controversy about abortion

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by Associated Press and KVUE News

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Posted on October 25, 2012 at 7:26 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 25 at 7:26 AM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) -- There could be more fallout from some controversial remarks by a Tea Party republican about abortion. 

Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is finding himself on the defensive after saying 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.

KVUE's Dave Cassidy reports from our Washington Bureau. 

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