Indiana Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock is making headlines after expressing his pro-life views in a debate earlier this week. Mourdock simply stated his belief that life begins at conception, and stated that he does not condone abortion even in cases of rape. In his own words:

“I, too, certainly stand for life. I know that there are some who disagree and I respect their point of view but I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have to have an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time but I came to realize that life is a gift from God, and I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something God intended to happen.”

The mainstream media is twisting and turning this statement in the most ludicrous of ways, accusing Mourdock of being “pro-rape” or of “hating women”… similar to the reaction to Missouri Senate Candidate Todd Akin’s remarks on rape.

Note, though, that what Akin said was, to be frank, ignorant. Mourdock simply stated his opinion, and it’s one with which I happen to agree. The left has, lately, become fascinated with demonizing pro-life men.

First of all, why is Mourdock’s pro-life stance so controversial? He believes life begins at conception. He believes all life is sacred. He believes all life —even that conceived in rape— is a gift from God. But liberals twist this stance to mean that Mourdock —and men with similar pro-life views— hate and want to oppress women. Numerous sick-minded folks on Twitter have recently concluded that, because many conservatives are pro-life even in cases of rape, they must be “pro-rape.” Others on Twitter wished death and torture on Mourdock.

Let me get this straight: Richard Mourdock is accused of “hating women” and of being “pro-rape” and receives despicable treatment because he doesn’t believe in killing unborn babies. However, the President and First Lady have both expressed support for partial birth abortions. Recently, a 2004 letter surfaced in which Michelle Obama called for the defense of the legality of partial birth abortions, referring to this kind of abortion as a “legitimate medical procedure.” Barack Obama voted against a ban on partial birth abortions in the Illinois Senate— twice. We don’t see Twitter erupting in hashtags of hate towards the murderous practice of abortion. We don’t see the media calling out pro-choice candidates as “pro-death” even though they support the killing of unborn children.

I stand with Richard Mourdock, and pro-life men and women across America who fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. It simply baffles me that there is more outrage over one man’s opinion that life is sacred regardless of the circumstances than there is over the view that killing a child is a legitimate medical procedure. Mourdock’s statement was honest and it was an opinion— yet the mainstream media and many liberals insist on twisting his words. It further baffles me that liberals –who are seemingly so sympathetic for women in the case of rape– are so quick to wish harm and even death upon someone who disagrees with them. The double standard is glaring.

Sarah Hinds | Webster University | @Sarah_Hinds76