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October 26th, 2012
12:50 PM ET

Gloria Allred on Richard Mourdock: "Don't put your religious convictions on my body"

On the heels of this week's highly publicized and largely controversial comments made by Richard Mourdock, in which the Indiana Republican Senate candidate said pregnancies from rape are "something that God intended to happen," on Thursday "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Gloria Allred to respond.

"He apologized, he said, 'if that offends anyone.' Well, it does offend me," explained the high-profile feminist lawyer. "But he's standing by his comment and apparently, Governor [Mitt] Romney and leaders of the Republican party are standing by this extremist Richard Mourdock."

Welcoming his guest live, Piers Morgan further examined the context of Mourdock's remarks:

"His argument is that look, it's a religious conviction, the sanctity of life applies to an unborn child in that situation," he detailed. "Do you have a respect for people who perhaps don't phrase it in such a clumsy way, but have a religious conviction about the sanctity of life in any kind of situation like that?"

Herself, a product of rape, Allred's stance is based partially on personal experience:

"I definitely support his right to have any religious conviction he wants. But when he attempts to translate his religious conviction into laws which are going to be imposed on my body and the bodies of millions of women and make abortion illegal, and that's exactly what they're trying to do, make it a crime, and then many women are going to die or be maimed by illegal abortions like I almost died and was almost maimed by an illegal abortion before '73, before Roe v. Wade became the law of the land because of the supreme court decision," shared the 71-year-old Allred.

"We're just not going to go back to those days. So yes, but just don't put your religious convictions on my body because my religious convictions may be different and are different."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Allred uses her own past to help move women's rights into the future.
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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Earl P. Holt III

    Gloria Allred is the reason Salem had Witch Trials, and why Spain had an Inquisition...

    October 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • RealMrTea

      Earl P. Holt III

      May 4, 2014 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Laurie

    If it's your body you just lost your arm leg and life

    October 27, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. jjk

    If they republican right are so hell bent on bringing babies into the world that no one wants or intended to be born, then they'd better make sure there is a socialist government to support big orphanages or, better yet, each republican should have to raise them, pay for them and love them like their own. Now that would be putting your money where your big mouth is. American has the biggest child abuse statistics in the world. That tells you alot about what we do with babies we don't want to have.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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