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.”