How much is Allen's Silence on Mourdock Worth?

10/26/2012

Richmond, VA - On the exact same night Richard Mourdock, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Indiana, made the offensive statement that, "even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen," his fellow Republican nominee in Virginia was cashing in on their joint fundraising committee.


Yes - Allen received a campaign contribution of $23,000 on the exact same day Mourdock likened a pregnancy from rape to the will of God. And since that transfer, Allen has remained quiet as a mouse as Republican candidates across the country have sought to distance themselves from Mr. Mourdock's sentiment.

One possible explanation for Allen's silence is that despite his attempts to obfuscate, his position mirrors the one Mourdock voiced. Allen's proposed federal personhood legislation could outlaw all abortion and his endorsement by the Republican National Coalition for Life, that requires candidates to be " unconditionally pro-life," meaning pregnancies resulting from crimes committed against women would not be seen as a legitimate reason to afford her the right to end that pregnancy.

"This is yet another instance of George Allen's refusal to stand up to offensive statements made by a fellow Republican nominee about women's health and deplorable sexual violence. Virginia women saw this exact same duck and dodge when invasive ultrasounds were mandated in Virginia but this proves Allen's silence on women's health issues is not the exception, it's the rule," said Delegate Charniele Herring. "George Allen might benefit from his close financial ties to Richard Mourdock but no amount of campaign cash should prevent him from denouncing such hateful rhetoric."