News From Terre Haute, Indiana


November 1, 2012

READERS' FORUM: Nov. 1, 2012

Who will be Indiana’s next senator?

In senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock, we Hoosiers are being offered a rare breed of candidate — he actually managed to make God sound like a two-bit thug during his televised debate with Joe Donnelly, when he said in essence that after considerable thought he had decided if a rape occurs God intended for it to happen; therefore, a woman impregnated by the rapist should be forbidden the opportunity to abort the fetus her rapist left behind as his calling card.

If this year Mourdock is able to draw a word picture capable of portraying God as a fiendish brute, what sort of clownish images will he create of us mere mortal Hoosiers in Washington and around the world during the coming six years should he be elected as our United States senator?

— Steve Kash

Terre Haute

GOP skipping chance to reduce abortions

Abortion opponents want fewer abortions. At least I thought they did. A recent study shows that free birth control cuts the number of abortions way down. Logically, abortion opponents should be working to get reliable birth control to more women. Instead, many prominent abortion foes are fighting hard to get rid of Obamacare because it makes birth control a part of all health insurance plans. Representatives Ryan and Pence, both voted multiple times to get rid of Obamacare and its expanded access to birth control. They are skipping the chance to reduce unwanted pregnancies and therefore reduce abortions. Apparently they care more about saying abortion is bad than about actually preventing it.

This week, Mr. Mourdock said that if a woman gets pregnant from rape, it’s God’s will, and she must not be allowed an abortion. He didn’t say the rape itself is God’s will, thank goodness, but he came close. We can all agree that the best thing would be to prevent rape in the first place, can’t we? But Mourdock’s party, including Representatives Pence and Ryan, refused to support the Violence Against Women Act in Congress this year. I guess once you’re born, they just don’t care what happens to you.

Do you really want Mourdock in the Senate, Pence in the governor’s mansion, and Ryan in the White House?

— Samuel J. Martland

Terre Haute

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