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Delegate Bob Marshall, a Republican of Manassas, said that comments he made regarding disabled children during a press conference Thursday were misconstrued.
In a statement released on his website Monday, Marshall said he does not believe that disabled children are a punishment from God for having an abortion.
Marshall was responding to a Capital News Service story I wrote quoting remarks he made last week at a press conference to oppose state funding for Planned Parenthood. I wrote that Delegate Marshall said disabled children are God’s punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy.
Here is his direct, unedited quote:
“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.”
In Marshall’s statement, he said “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.”
Since my article has been accused of taking Marshall’s quote out of context, I’ve decided to release the entire audio of Marshall’s speech for you to judge for yourself.