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."
I'm sure I don't need to say this man is full of shit, but I'm going to anyway.
Bob Marshall, you are an idiot. You are an embarrassment to me as a Christian, as a pro-lifer, and as a mother. On behalf of all rational people who happen to share a vague connection with you because of ideology, I beg--SHUT UP.
I came across this article on Facebook, linked by the mother of a disabled child (who has not, to my knowledge, ever had an abortion), who commented on it "One of the reasons I'm an Atheist." Ya think? How am I supposed to argue in favor of a loving God, and of His benevolent followers, when people are spewing this vomit?
I think again of my boyfriend, whose cerebral palsy is technically a birth defect (and a slight disability)...he is his mother's first child, and she is as fine a woman and a pro-lifer as anyone could hope to find. To blame Erik's, as he says, affliction on anything his mother did is enough to rocket Marshall to the top of my list of people who really need a kick in the nuts. (I'm relatively certain Peggy's too ladylike to do it; I'm not.)
Why on Earth would anyone spew forth something so vile and easily disproven? Am I to believe Sarah Palin has an abortion in her background, when she refused to kill her disabled son while he was still in the womb? There are a lot of women out there who've never had an abortion or even farted in Planned Parenthood's direction who have disabled children. Further, there are women who've had multiple abortions who don't.
There are a lot of things that cause disabilities. Mitochondrial disease. Oxygen deprivation at birth. An extra chromosome. Sometimes, it really is what the mother does--as well all know excessive alcohol and drug use can lead to birth defects.
But abortion? Seriously? No. It has nothing to do with abortion. There are thousands of legitimate reasons to argue against abortion and Planned Parenthood--not the least of which is the disproportionate toll taken on black people. Speak to the real stuff, and STFU about the rest of it.