The Democratic National Committee is seizing on remarks made tonight during an Indiana Senate debate in which Republican candidate Richard Mourdock said that he opposes abortion even in the case of rape because a pregnancy from rape is "something God intended to happen."
The committee in a release highlighted the fact that Romney endorsed Mourdock, even cutting a television spot for him.
The Romney camp sought to distance itself from Mourdock's remarks, though it stopped short of pulling the endorsement.
"Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments, and they do not reflect his views," said spokeswoman Andrea Saul.
Mourdock was asked during the final minutes of a debate whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest.
"I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen," he said.
He said after the debate that he did not believe God intended the rape, but that God is the only one who can create life.
"Are you trying to suggest somehow that God preordained rape, no I don't think that," he said. "Anyone who would suggest that is just sick and twisted. No, that's not even close to what I said."
The remarks are the latest rape and abortion-related headache for Republicans, who tried (unsuccessfully) to push Missouri Republican Todd Akin out of the running when he told an interviewer that victims of "legitimate rape" rarely got pregnant. He's still in the race, but the race in Republican-rich Missouri is unexpectedly tight.