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Sideshow Bob: time to resign

News Leader reports:

State Delegate Bob Marshall of Manassas says disabled children are God’s punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy.He made that statement Thursday at a press conference to oppose state funding for Planned Parenthood.

“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, a Republican.

“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.”

Just in case you think the News Leader made a mistake in the quote, listen yourself.

Recall, if you will, that Marshall believes that “a woman’s arm is constructed at a certain angle so that she can adequately cradle a baby.”

It’s time for Bob Marshall to go. Add your voice to the call for an apology and his resignation by signing the petition here.

UPDATE: Marshall has issued a statement on the matter. The money quote:

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.

UPDATE 2: Marshall’s interview with TPM is here. Of course, he claims there are articles in medical journals to back up his claims.

In the meantime, the Young Democrats are calling for Marshall’s resignation. In an email, VAYD Executive Director Toby Quaranta says:

“Republicans continue to fail to lead in Richmond. Bob Marshall should be ashamed of himself. Governor Bob McDonnell should repudiate Delegate Marshall’s comments and call for his immediate resignation.”

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14 thoughts on “Sideshow Bob: time to resign

  1. I think what he said about a woman’s arms is probably an evolutionary fact, ironic because I’m sure he doesn’t believe in evolution. The comment in question doesn’t even make sense if you look at it from a Christian Right perspective. Because the woman had an abortion, God will punish her next child to suffering? What kind of God is that? Who’d worship tht kind of monster?

  2. VJP:
    with appropriate comment of “it’s only Wikipeidia”:
    When the arm is extended, with the palm facing forward or up, the bones of the humerus and forearm are not perfectly aligned. The deviation from a straight line occurs in the direction of the thumb, and is referred to as the “carrying angle” (visible in the right half of the picture, right).

    The carrying angle permits the arm to be swung without contacting the hips. Women on average have smaller shoulders and wider hips than men, which may necessitate a greater carrying angle. There is, however, extensive overlap in the carrying angle between individual men and women, and a sex-bias has not been consistently observed in scientific studies [3] [4] [5].

    The angle is greater in the dominant limb than the non-dominant limb of both sexes [6] [7], suggesting that natural forces acting on the elbow modify the carrying angle. Developmental [8], ageing and possibly racial influences add further to the variability of this parameter.

    The carrying angle can influence how objects are held by individuals – those with a more extreme carrying angle may be more likely to pronate the forearm when holding objects in the hand to keep the elbow closer to the body

    So I guess Del. Marshall and I are not entirely correct, although we’re not just making it up either.

  3. Nope. No call for resignation.

    His constituents deserve representation for the remainder of this General Assembly session.

    I’ve never been much for the “off with their heads” mentality of immediately calling for someone to resign over a stupid-ass statement. Let his constituents have the say in the next election cycle.

      • Right, because those handicapped babies should not have chosen to be born handicapped, causing untold trouble and expense to the rest of us. Selfish, selfish babies. That’s the problem with the world.

        Vote for Bob Marshall. That’ll teach those liberal entitled selfish handicapped babies a lesson they’ll not soon forget.

        Now, off to church with you, and be quick about it.

        • Oops. Elitist. I forgot elitist.

          Why don’t those selfish liberal elitist handicapped babies just get a job like everybody else, and stop crying over spilled milk?

          While we’re at it, why should the rest of us pay for your Gramma’s oxygen, just because she doesn’t have any money? Suck on it, Gramma.

  4. You can send a message by donating $13 to the Prince William Democrats in our continuing effort to change our representation in Richmond. We will not give up!

    Bob Marshall is an embarrassment to Prince William and Virginia. Please donate $13 to the the PW Dems to help us unseat this anti everything person.
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