Prince William Del. Bob Marshall, R-13th, has offered his own rather dark explanation for birth defects and child disabilities: divine retribution for women who have had abortions. Marshall told a crowd that the Bible says that the first born is a gift to God, resulting in “special punishment” for those who have abortions.
At a press conference, Marshall stated “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.”
I am not why people like Marshall would want to spend eternity with a being who imposes birth defects on infants as punishments for their parents. Of course, he did not explain what those other men and women did to warrant their miscarriages and birth defects.
The press conference involved various Christian clergy calling for the elimination of state funding for Planned Parenthood because the organization provides abortions.
Marshall insists that Planned Parenthood should be called ” ‘Planned Barrenhood’ because they have nothing to do with families, they have nothing to do with responsibility.”
The only funding Planned Parenthood receives from the state is from Medicaid reimbursements and amount to about $35,000 in the 2009 fiscal year.
Marshall’s official bio boasts “a personal library of 2000+ books.” It certainly seems to reaffirm Voltaire’s statement that “the multitude of books is making us ignorant.”
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