In a recent Facebook post, Virginia State Senator Steve Martin argued that pregnant women are merely “hosts” who should not have the right to abort a pregnancy.
In his original statement, the Republican said that he will not “do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive.”
However, he continued on to say that “once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it.”
Martin has since changed the Facebook post to say “bearer of the child”, rather than “host.”
On Monday, he said that he felt that his use of the word “hosts” was clearly sarcastic, but that he edited the original wording because it quickly became evident that people took it the wrong way.
“I don’t see how anyone could have taken it the wrong way,” Martin said. “It was me playing their argument back to them. Obviously I consider pregnant women to be mothers.”
Martin’s post was written in reaction to a Valentine’s Card he received from the Virginia Pro-Choice coalition. The front of the card said “don’t break our hearts”; the inside expressed disappointment in Martin over his “record of voting to restrict critical healthcare for women and families.”
The card continued on to state that all women “deserve access to their full range of reproductive health options – including preventing unintentional pregnancies, raising healthy children, and choosing safe, legal abortion.”
In his response, Martin slammed the reproductive rights’ advocates for using “ill defined terms” and for promoting “nonsense.”
“If it’s your expectation that I should support such nonsense,” Martin wrote, “I will be breaking your heart.”
Martin has previously supported a fetal personhood bill, which would ban all abortions and could even affect the legality of some forms of contraception.
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