In what can only be considered a positively vile attack on disabled children and their families, women, and Planned Parenthood, VA state Delegate Bob Marshall (R-13th) has stated that children with disabilities are a punishment from God for having had an abortion.
"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."
Marshall and other VA Republicans had gathered for a press conference sponsored by Virginia Christian Action in which they presented a petition calling for the State Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General to stop funding for Planned Parenthood. Marshall claimed that Planned Parenthood receives "about $500,000 a year" in state funds, though a spokeperson for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia says that the organization receives only Medicaid reimbursement from the state, approximately $35,000 for the 2009 fiscal year.
What shameful depths will anti-choice zealots not sink to in their attempts to pursue a political agenda?
Bob Marshall should apologize for his hateful characterizations and dishonest tactics. Disabled children and their families deserve far, far better than this.