Angle on impregnated rape victims and ‘God’s plan’

ANGLE ON IMPREGNATED RAPE VICTIMS AND ‘GOD’S PLAN’…. Sharron Angle, the extremist Republican Senate candidate in Nevada, is hardly the only opponent of abortion rights running for statewide office this year. Indeed, her opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), describes himself as pro-life, too.

But as further evidence of Angle’s ideological rigidity, consider just how far she’s willing to go on women’s reproductive rights.

Since winning the Republican nomination in the Nevada Senate race Sharron Angle has drawn attention and controversy for a host of conservative policy prescriptions that seem well outside the political mainstream. Now, a Democratic source has passed along a radio interview she did back in January 2010 that could end up topping the list.

In a segment that has gone unnoticed since it first aired, the Tea Party-backed candidate told the Bill Manders show — a favorable platform for Republican candidates — that she opposed abortion even in cases of rape and incest. A pregnancy under those circumstances, she said, was “God’s plan.”

Angle told Manders that “in her book,” there’s never a reason for a woman to terminate her pregnancy. When he asked about women who get impregnated by a rapist or by way of incest, Angle said, “You know, I’m a Christian and I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations and we need to have a little faith in many things.”

No wonder she’s afraid of professional journalists’ questions — reporters are likely to ask Angle for her positions on key issues, and her views are rather terrifying.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.