The U.S. Senate race in Indiana is getting a lot of attention after a Republican candidate Richard Mourdock said pregnancies during rape are "something God intended" in a debate on Tuesday.
"I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen," Mourdock had said.
So far, Mourdock is not backing down from the controversial comments about abortion in cases of rape. On Wednesday, Mourdock held a news conference to say he spoke from his heart and that people twisted his comments on rape and abortion.
"I don't think that God wants rape," he said. "I don't think he wants that at all because rape is evil. I abhor evil. I want to assure that every woman who hears this, who reads the stories of this, that I abhor it and I'm confident God abhors it -- but to twist and suggest that somehow I was saying that God approves of rape is the wrong thing because it's not what I was saying. Certainly, not what I intended."
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney did an ad for Mourdock last month, and a campaign spokesman said that while Romney disagrees with Mourdock, he will continue to support him and will not pull that advertisement.