INDIANAPOLIS, November 1, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock has come under heavy fire from the media and his Democratic opponent after opposing abortion in the case of rape.

But now five women conceived in rape have stepped forward to defend the Republican candidate, calling him a “hero” for having risked the political consequences of standing up for their lives.

“The only exception I have to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother,” Mourdock said in a debate earlier this month. “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

While the media have spun Mourdock’s comments to suggest that he meant that God predestined the rape, the candidate has strenuously disavowed that interpretation, clarifying that he simply meant that God creates all life.

In a new video released today in support of Mourdock, five women share their stories of how they were conceived in rape, and how grateful they are that they were not aborted.

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One woman, Wendy, explains that when her birth mom was 19, she was “violently raped.”

Wendy, who was conceived from that rape, was put up for adoption. But when she was 28, she was able to track down her birth mother.

“I’ll never forget the first time she saw her grandchildren - my four children - for the first time,” Wendy recalls. “And the tears in her eyes and the emotion as she turned to me and said, ‘It was all worth it.’”

Another one of the women, Monica, recalls that her mother was “brutally raped” when she was 17, but that at the time abortion was illegal, meaning Monica’s life was protected. Her mother eventually got cancer at the age of 23, and was unable to have more children.

“We are both happy that we have each other,” Monica says. She adds, “I want to personally thank Richard Mourdock for standing up for me and my life, and reminding us all that God has a plan for us.”

Well-known pro-life activist Rebecca Kiessling also appears in the video, recounting how her mother was abducted at knife point by a serial rapist, after which she became pregnant. “She actually went to two back alley abortionists and I was almost aborted,” says Kiessling. “She would have aborted me if it had been legal.”

Kiessling credits “heroic” pro-life legislators for defending the pro-life law and standing up for her life at the time.

“Richard Mourdock is another one of those heroes,” says Kiessling. “And I’m thankful that he can recognize that the rapist is not my creator and that I’m not a product of rape but a child of God.”

To hear all five of the stories of the women, watch the video here.