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Virginia Republican: Disabled Children Are God’s Punishment For Abortion

Robert Marshall

Friday I noted the comments of Virginia Delegate, and Congressional candidate, Bob Marshall that he opposed an incest exception to abortion bans because sometimes incest is voluntary. It turns out that isn’t the only thing that Marshall had to say on the subject of abortion:

Christian conservative and Republican congressional candidate Bob Marshall claims that disabled children are God’s punishment for women who have an abortion.

Marshall, a Virginia GOP state delegate and congressional candidate, is standing by his obnoxious, irresponsible and baseless claim about the supposed “divine” link between abortion and disabled children, according to a report issued by Right Wing Watch.

Marshall says that “Nature takes its vengeance on subsequent children,” and that “Christians would suggest,” “It’s a special punishment.”

Back in 2010, at an event calling for an end to state funding for Planned Parenthood, Marshall originally suggested a divine connection between abortion and disabled children, claiming that women who have abortions are more likely to face “vengeance” from “nature” in children with a greater likelihood of having developmental disabilities.

As I said on Friday, the good news here is that Marshall is likely to lose his primary.

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  1. al-Ameda says:

    Back in 2010, at an event calling for an end to state funding for Planned Parenthood, Marshall originally suggested a divine connection between abortion and disabled children, claiming that women who have abortions are more likely to face “vengeance” from “nature” in children with a greater likelihood of having developmental disabilities.

    Now THAT’S the God that we all know and love.

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  2. Mark Ivey says:

    Next month it will be: Women who got abortions should be arrested for murder and given the death penalty.

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  3. edmondo says:

    How’s that GOP outreach effort working out?

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  4. CSK says:

    Is he aware that Sarah Palin, that ultimate Christian patriot and anti-abortion advocate, has a disabled child?

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  5. grumpy realist says:

    @CSK: Obviously this has to be considered proof that Sarah Palin had an abortion at some point that she never let on about.

    (Going by the reverso-logic of these people….)

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  6. CSK says:

    @grumpy realist:

    I’d pay money to see these two “debate” the issue. Ain’t gonna happen, sadly.

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  7. Tillman says:

    Marshall says that “Nature takes its vengeance on subsequent children,” and that “Christians would suggest,” “It’s a special punishment.”

    Let’s just, for the sake of argument, say he’s right. Abortion causes disabled kids because the Lord sees fit to punish those who deny life to the unborn by striking other innocents with defects and disorders.

    So, logically, to rectify what is an innocent paying for the crimes of his, uhh, parents? Did he say the parents (that is, the mother) of kids with disabilities at one point had an abortion? Sure, let’s go with that. To rectify this punishment and be good Christians as The Great Christian Nation We Are, we should have a slew of benefits bestowed upon such unfortunates to ease the burden that the Lord has inflicted upon them. And criminalize abortion, but that’s not what I’m focusing on.

    But we can’t bestow those entitlements to the crippled because then their entrepreneurial spirit would be crushed by government largesse, or worse, other people not actually handicapped would game the system and get stuff for free!

    So his solution, if I’m reading him correctly, is akin to the solution the abbot at the Massacre at Béziers had: instead of “kill them all, the Lord will know his own,” it’s “cast them into a cruel world, and those worthy will rise up regardless.”

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  8. bill says:

    i guess he didn’t take ann coulters advice!?

    …I also think all Republican candidates should be trained with shock collars and cattle prods to automatically respond, upon hearing some combination of the words “abortion,” “rape” and “incest”: “Yes, of course there should be exceptions in the case of rape or incest, and I also support giving rapists the death penalty, unlike my Democratic opponent, who wants to give rapists the right to vote. Now, back to what I was saying about Obamacare …”

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  9. @al-Ameda:

    Now THAT’S the God that we all know and love.

    To be fair, it’s not far from the God whose prophet, Moses, ordered the massacre of the men, boys, and nonvirgin women of an entire village and the mass rape of the virgin women.

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  10. Sejanus says:

    @CSK: I guess that he would find Sarah Palin a RINO for not vocally advocating the repeal of Lawrence v. Texas.

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  11. CSK says:

    @Sejanus:

    Or Griswold v. Connecticut

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  12. Paludicola says:

    Why is the God of conservative Republicans always such a huge dick?

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  13. M. Bouffant says:

    @Paludicola:
    He is, quite literally, the Hebrew War God. All conservative Republican policies & attitudes concerning reproduction & sexuality reflect said God’s need for more cannon fodder, or sword & spear fodder, to be historically correct.

    Some might suggest that God’s “all sex ever is for reproduction only” laws reflected the needs of the power structure for more slaves & warriors, but how could anybody ever be that cynical?

    Not much of a way to run a contemporary society, either way.

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  14. anjin-san says:

    @ bill

    Kind of scary when Ann Coulter is the voice of reason in your crew, no?

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  15. bill says:

    @anjin-san: yes,but she’s funny as all get out!- and fairly moderate on a lot of points. i guess the inbred faction that they’re competing against is kind of tight over there, for what it’s worth. i don’t really dwell into virgininia”s issues all that much, sounds like a fun crowd though.

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  16. Ree Gustin says:

    My brother never had an abortion. How does this @$$wipe explain my niece’s disability?

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  17. Matt Bernius says:

    @anjin-san & @bill:
    Of course there’s another interpretation of Coulter’s “sage” advice: don’t say what you believe, say what will get you elected.

    It’s not that Ann is advocating changing any policy positions.

    Man, from what I’ve learned from listening to Right Wing Radio and Eric F., she’s practically talking like a Democrat.

    I’m wondering where the “true conservative majority” is to ensure this guy wins his primary… Or are they still trying to stage a revolution by not voting until Zombie Reagan rises from the grave?

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  18. Matt Bernius says:

    @bill:

    and fairly moderate on a lot of points.

    Ummm… citation please as to Coulter’s “moderate points”?

    Oh wait, it’s stuff like “Jews are kinda ok… cause there’s always the possibility they’ll be perfecting into Christians…” Right? I mean that’s pretty moderate.

    Actually, based on a number of different accounts, I suspect Coulter is another example of an O’Reilly. Someone who is no where near as Conservative as they appear, but knows how to generate publicity and how to adopt a persona that will attract an audience.

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