Published: Oct 24, 2012 4:32 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 25, 2012 6:31 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is standing by his statement that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, the new life is "something God intended." He says some people have twisted the meaning of his comment.

Mourdock stressed in a news conference Wednesday that he abhors any sexual violence and regrets if his comment during a debate Tuesday night left another impression. He said he deeply believes that life is a precious gift from God and that he "did not intend to suggest that God wants rape, that God pushes people to rape, that God wants to support or condone evil in any way."

In the debate, Mourdock was explaining why he opposes abortion unless it's to save the life of the mother.

Mourdock's Democratic opponent, Congressman Joe Donnelly, believes abortion also should be allowed in cases of rape and incest.

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170-a-11-(Richard Mourdock (MUR'-dahk), Republican senate candidate, at news conference)-"by the positions"-Republican senate candidate Richard Mourdock says that while he abhors sexual violence, he stands by his belief that all life is precious. (24 Oct 2012)

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171-a-13-(Richard Mourdock, Republican Senate candidate, at news conference)-"was an interpretation"-Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock says he regrets that the way he worded his comment left the impression that he condones sexual violence, when his point was that all human life is precious. (24 Oct 2012)

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172-a-12-(Richard Mourdock, Republican Senate candidate, at news conference)-"with Washington today"-Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock says it's a shame some people have twisted the meaning of what he said. (24 Oct 2012)

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169-a-11-(Richard Mourdock, Republican Senate candidate, at news conference)-"of my faith"-Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock acknowledges he could have better worded his belief that all human life is precious, no matter how conceieved. (24 Oct 2012)

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