It turns out that Virginia’s governor Bob McDonnell is not conservative enough for some Republicans in the state, and this is after McDonnell rolled back a state policy protecting gay and lesbian state workers against discrimination.
Right Wing Watch has documented how right-wing pastors like Pat Robertson are pressuring McDonnell to block Planned Parenthood funding because it provides abortion–an effort McDonnell reportedly supports. But Western Prince William Del. Bob Marshall (R-13th) has taken his support to a whole new level. In a press conference on Monday at the Virginia Assembly Building in the state capitol, Marshall claimed that disabled children are God’s punishment for abortions:
“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.”
“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.”
Rev. Joe Ellison, vice president of the Council on Biblical Principles, said he was declaring war against Planned Parenthood.
Although Marshall claimed Planned Parenthood receives about $500,000 from the state. However, Jessica Honke, director of public policy for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, said Planned Parenthood received about $309,000 in FY 2009 in the form or Medicaid reimbursements.
After this story was published, Virginia delegate Bob Marshall backed off his statement above in a statement published on his website:
“A story by Capital News Service regarding my remarks at a recent press conference opposing taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood conveyed the impression that I believe disabled children are a punishment for prior abortions. No one who knows me or my record would imagine that I believe or intended to communicate such an offensive notion. I have devoted a generation of work to defending disabled and unwanted children, and have always maintained that they are special blessings to their parents. Nevertheless, 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.”
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