Anti-abortion Republican, Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall received condemnation for statements made last week at a press conference, in which he suggested that disabled children were born to women who had abortions, as punishment from the wrath of God. Marshall was attending a gathering of lawmakers whom opposed state funding for Planned Parenthood, when he made the remarks, saying that “nature takes its vengeance” on children born to women after receiving abortions. But in an email with Talking Points Memo and a subsequent press release, Marshall tried to walk back the suggestion that disabled children are God’s punishments, but he did not dispute his quoted remarks.
Marshall, who also opposes healthcare reform, because “Obamacare” is trying to take “your soul,” made his biblical-tinged comments while attacking Planned Parenthood for providing legal abortion services to women:
“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” said Marshall. In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.”
He has since issued a press release apologizing for a “misimpression” when making his offensive remarks suggesting women are to blame for their disabled children:
“I regret any misimpression my poorly chosen words may have created as to my deep commitment to fighting for these vulnerable children and their families.”
And Marshall also told Talking Points Memo that he doesn’t believe that disabled children are a punishment, but in his convoluted explanation of his theory that abortion causes birth defects, he seemed to dig himself in deeper:
“This is nature. It’s the same thing if you’re talking about getting drunk. If God made nature, and made alcohol with certain characteristics, He’s not to blame for me getting drunk and getting in a car and killing someone,” said Marshall, also adding: “This is the order of nature. You do these things, you pay consequences. That’s not controversial.”
I mean seriously…………I want to say this is the most stunning thing I’ve ever heard, unfortunately since the 2008 election we’ve heard even more outrageous and ludicrous theories, but WoW!
Please tell me why these people think they can use God to spread hate?
Tell me why Healthcare for Americans justifies hate and blasphemy?
Where are the voices of reason in this country?