God And Rape: Women Respond To Mourdock's Comments

By Corinne Rose

October 24, 2012 Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 6:03 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Women are responding to Richard Mourdock's comments about God and rape with very different perspectives.

"We're just very disturbed with a political leader making a comment like that," says Louise Jackson of the Fort Wayne Women's Bureau.

As CEO of the Women's Bureau, Jackson and her staff see survivors of sexual assault every day, with a waiting list of them coming in for counseling.

She says Richard Mourdock's comments about God and rape were disturbing.

"Until you've been through that situation, I don't think you should make a comment like that. Until you've been through a violent act against your will, you should be very careful what you say," Jackson says.

Rebecca Kiessling's mother was raped and tried to have her aborted -- twice.

She says Mourdock was absolutely not saying rape is God's will -- rather, that life begins at conception, no matter the circumstances of that pregnancy.

"Richard Mourdock is a hero to children like me who were conceived in rape. We've spent our whole lives being devalued by people who think that we're garbage, that we weren't worthy of living and didn't deserve to be protected," says Kiessling, who is a pro-life speaker.

And speaking as a woman, Kiessling has a broader message for those who would seize on this issue.

"It's a shame that women are being portrayed as being so single-minded. As if all women care about is their uterus. As if they're just one-dimensional and that they're not concerned about things like the economy," Kiessling adds.

And Jackson says women need to get involved.

"Women need to get out and vote and think very seriously who they're voting for," she says.

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