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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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