Legislator: Disabled kids are God's punishment
Capital News Service
RICHMOND — 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."
Marshall was among more than 20 people, mostly Christian pastors and clergy, who gathered for the press conference in the General Assembly Building.
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I mean, where does one start?
Actually, I'm starting to think that this doesn't deserve to be acknowledged.
But what makes me sick is the idea that anyone says children with disabilities are a punishment on their parents. That someone would say that to people- that someone would utter that out loud. How can those words even cross someone's lips?
Let me tell you about the beautiful and amazing the children I teach. How hard they work. How much they learn. How smart they are. How creative they are. The gifts they give to the world, each in their own way.
How can anyone say they are a punishment?
Where is it written in the Bible that God uses children as a punishment?
I can't even put together a coherent thought this makes me so angry.