It seems to me that any honest person should acknowledge that Mourdock’s point was this: All babies are gifts from God; even those conceived through rape.

Maybe you object to the theology at play here. But strip away the theology, and here’s what Mourdock is saying: All human beings, from the moment of their creation, deserve our love and protection.

Again, you might not agree with that, but it’s a standard pro-life view. The freakout towards Mourdock isn’t that he’s pro-life: his Democratic opponent calls himself pro-life, too. Mourdock’s supposed offense — again, if the offense was anything more than uncareful wording — was including the children conceived from rape in his view about the sanctity of life.