Statement Concerning Capital News Service Article

MANASSAS, VA - A February 22nd Capital News Service story claimed, “Western Prince William Del. Bob Marshall (R-13th) says disabled children are God’s punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy.” I never made this statement. I believe that all children, no matter their background are a blessing from the Lord, not a punishment. Capital News Service never called me about these alleged comments.

No other reporter who attended the same February 18th press conference regarding Planned Parenthood funding made the same claim for the simple reason that I never made such a statement about disabled children.

A video of the press conference bears this out. (May be accessed in its entirety at the end of this article)

Furthermore, my personal and public life show a respect for unwanted or disabled children, including our adoption of three children, my bills to provide for health insurance for autistic children, and my bill this year requiring that women be informed of possible problems in future pregnancies from abortion.

I acknowledge that my extemporary remarks could have been better chosen to explain the medical research findings which show a high incidence of complications following induced abortions.

I understand how disability groups could react, but they are reacting in part to words I never said, never meant, and don’t believe. But I apologize to all for the misuse of my words especially to disabled Virginians or others offended.

My purpose was to show how authentic medical findings demonstrate that abortion has consequences beyond the death of the child being aborted. That is why I have proposed HB 334, which passed the House of Delegates 95-2, and which requires women undergoing abortion to be offered medical articles concerning possible complications in future pregnancies.

I take my oath of office seriously, and believe it is important to protect my constituents by ensuring full transparency about a procedure that may adversely impact their future reproductive health. That is why I strongly believe that Planned Parenthood, which performs one-fourth of abortions nationwide and opposes protecting women with this vital information, should not be funded by Virginia taxpayers.

Children, whether wanted or unwanted, intended or unintended, “normal” or disabled, are blessings from a loving God, and I will continue to fight on their behalf and on behalf of the courageous families who care for these wonderful children.

Fighting for you,

Delegate Bob Marshall 13th District Delegate


FULL TRANSCRIPT: Verbatim. The TRT is 2:05:

"Thank you very much for coming here today. We are dealing with an attempt to defund, frankly, a malevolent organization. And I say that because you know people by their fruits. In 1960, 65, the out of wed-lock birthrate for blacks was 25 percent. I think it was about 23 percent in 1960 - it was 5 percent for all races. Now it's 40 percent. It's 72% for blacks, 51% for Latinas. These are the fruits of planned parenthood. OK. Nothing else. More heartache. More guys who are completely irresponsible and think that women have one function and one function only for a few minutes. OK. But this just isn't affecting our families, our inner cities, our communities and our state. This poison animates a world-wide population control program that the United States funds and which is unnecessarily making us enemies overseas. We are attacking traditional family structure in a way that no country should be doing. These aren't my words. Go read a book by Denesh DeSouza. Ok. He's looking at it from a cultural, historical perspective. This organization should be called Planned Barrenhood cause they have nothing to do with families, they have nothing to do with responsibility. One-fourth of all abortions are done by Planned Parenthood in the United States. Ok. The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion who have 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, and with the knowledge they have from faith has been verified by a study by the Virginia Commonwealth University.  First abortions of the first pregnancy are much more damaging to the woman than latter abortions. None of these are good for anybody but this organization has had its time. They have failed in their efforts and we need to defund them and not have them receive a dime of public money."

School Board Presses For More Control, Money From State

By Alex BahrSource: Lessburg Today

Members of the Loudoun County School Board met with local state delegates and senators this morning to express their hopes and concerns for the coming General Assembly session.

Topping the list of priorities for School Board members was concerns about cuts in local and state funding for education and how to better implement policies and regulations for counties such as Loudoun that experience rapid growth that further stresses the school systems' operating and construction budget.

Board member John Stevens (Potomac), who chairs the board's Legislative/Policy Committee that drafts the legislative packet outlining the board's priorities for legislators, said the legislators should to take a close look at the laws regarding local funding based on equal property tax rates for residential and commercial properties, which he said represent a "throwback to a time older than public education itself," in which a select few wealthy land owners were expected to fund much of the services offered by local governments.


Marshall sets out 2010 agenda following Election Day win

By Dan RoemSource: Gainesville Times FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13 2009

Chalk it up to an influx of new residents over the years or an energy gap between Republicans and Democrats, but more people voted for Del. Bob Marshall (R-13th) than any other House of Delegates candidate in Virginia last Tuesday.

Marshall, whose district contains precincts in western Prince William County and lower Loudoun County, received 22,982 votes compared to Democrat John Bell's total of 14,472. That total, the largest in Marshall's legislative career, came even after the challenger outspent the nine-term incumbent by a six-to-one ratio.

"If people need help at the state government, I give them help," he said during a phone interview Monday. "If you multiply that times 18 years, that's a lot of people that you've helped."

Going into the 2010 General Assembly session, Marshall said he plans to reintroduce his autism funding bill, a transportation bond bill, and legislation designed to help Virginia spend money more efficiently.

His main goal for the General Assembly is "to get more for the money and the only way you're going to do that is to scrutinize at close range,” the way laws are being funded and implemented, he said.


Air Force vet takes on 18-year House vet

Source: By Jonathan Hunley

The House of Delegates’ 13th District has changed dramatically over the past few years: more people, more business, more traffic.

Democrat John Bell is banking on the notion that those changes foreshadow voters wanting another switch: that of their representative in Richmond.

Del. Robert G. “Bob” Marshall, on the other hand, is touting his 18-year record of speaking for residents in parts of Prince William and Loudoun counties. By the night of Nov. 3, it should be clear whose arguments won out.

Until then, political observers have a lot to contrast.

Bell claims that his Republican opponent’s time at the State Capitol has focused too much on social issues, such as abortion and gay marriage.

He said he would target “commutes, jobs and schools.”

“I’m a frustrated commuter,” said Bell, who’s lived in both counties in the 13th District. “I go to McLean every day.”

One way to have more money for roads would be to improve maintenance efficiency, he said, thereby saving money devoted to that task.

On jobs, he said 13th District residents could benefit if two industries were brought to Prince William and Loudoun: the fields of alternative energy and automating medical records.

And on education, he said he wants to maintain the availability of extracurricular activities for students.

To defeat such an entrenched opponent, Bell has tried to literally reach as many voters as possible.

On Oct. 12, he said his campaign had knocked on 3,500 doors the weekend before.

“I don’t know of another House campaign in Virginia that had that much canvassing,” Gov. Timothy M. Kaine told Bell workers and volunteers outside the campaign headquarters in Gainesville that day.

“Well, we think it’s an absolute key to victory,” Bell responded. “Door-to-door, face-to-face contact, make it real.”

Bell has been endorsed by stalwart Democratic groups such as unions and environmental groups, and by the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

As of Oct. 15, he had raised $395,004 in campaign funds, according to the State Board of Elections, and spent $320,471.

Marshall, conversely, had raised $105,640 this year, as of Oct. 15. He had spent $64,678.

But he points out that he’s frequently outspent by voters.

And he brushes off Bell’s talk about being overly concerned with social issues.

“Well,” he said, “he obviously is ignoring my real public record.”

He notes that he worked with other Prince William area lawmakers to get approval for widening Interstate 66 in the Manassas area.

And he pointed out in a debate before the nonpartisan Prince William Committee of 100 that Kaine, a Democrat, asked him — instead of a member of the governor’s own party — to introduce a slow-growth bill.

He also said he that he would like efficiency councils set up to always make sure Virginia is operating cost-effectively.

And he championed an unsuccessful bill this year that would have mandated insurance companies cover autism-related treatments.

So he’s not a right-wing nut, he said.

However, he’s proud of his stance of trying to protect life, and of authoring the state’s constitutional amendment saying that marriage is only between one man and one woman.

“How many people have a constitutional amendment behind their name?” he asked.

Staff writer Jonathan Hunley can be reached at 703-369-5738.

Transportation, Economy Top Issues At Chamber Forum

By Erika Jacobson Moore Source: Courtesy of Leesburg Today

Eight candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates squared off this morning, taking on familiar topics during the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce's candidate forum. As they have in all recent elections in Virginia, transportation and the economy topped the list of issues, and priorities, for each candidate.

Fielding questions from a three-person Chamber panel, candidates were pushed to answer how they would deal with the continued economic decline, how they would prioritize much needed changes to the state budget, transportation funding, energy resources for Northern Virginia and continue to improve business in the region.

With few barbs exchanged between opponents in the 13th, 32nd, 67th and 86th House of Delegates districts, there were many points on which the candidates agreed, notably the need for a change to the local composite index to see that Northern Virginia receives more of the tax money it sends down to Richmond back in its communities.


Marshall, Bell debate Transportation, Priorities in race for 13th

By Dan Roem Source: Gainesville Times THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 2009

Candidates for the 13th District House of Delegates seat clashed Sept. 22 in Manassas, offering differing views on transportation funding and legislative priorities while also agreeing on several key points.

Incumbent Del. Bob Marshall, a Republican from Manassas, focused on a list of legislative initiatives and achievements he has made during 17 years in the state General Assembly. During his opening remarks, Marshall listed 10 legislative accomplishments including a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and Gov. Tim Kaine's (D) request that he introduce a smart growth bill.

"I say what I mean and do what I say. I say the same thing here as I do elsewhere. You won't find any contradictions," said Marshall.

Challenger John Bell, a Democrat from South Riding, spoke more broadly, repeatedly citing his experience as a financial officer and comptroller in the Air Force to convey the point that he knows how to manage budgets.


Bell pushes Marshall on Social Issues in Debate

Written by Jonathan HunleySource: Inside Nova

It wasn’t until the candidates questioned each other that the debate got a bit fiery.

John Bell, the Democratic challenger for the 13th District seat in the House of Delegates, asked Del. Robert G. “Bob” Marshall why he has focused on social issues such as abortion, suggesting other matters are more important.

But Marshall, arguably the General Assembly’s most prominent conservative, quickly shot back using a name not thrown around lightly in the Old Dominion.

“Who dealt with the question of right to life?” the western Prince William County Republican asked. “A fellow named Thomas Jefferson. The first right that he talked about in the Declaration of Independence was life — liberty, the pursuit of happiness.”

The candidates differed on issues — including sin taxes, transportation funding and Virginia’s use of federal stimulus money — in a 50-minute debate held Tuesday night by the Prince William Committee of 100.

The nonpartisan Committee of 100, which puts on forums throughout the year, conducted debates for the 13th and 50th House districts at the Four Points by Sheraton outside Manassas.


Del. Marshall and Tracy Brown to speak at Generation Joshua Tidewater Forum

Generation Joshua Tidewater forum. 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church, 3488 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk. The forum will feature speakers state Del. Bob Marshall and Tracy Brown. All are welcome and youth are especially encouraged to attend. For more information, call Grace Tate at 255-4088 or e-mail Google Map Link

Maryland, Virginia Mull Anonymous Juries

Written by Kristi Jourdan Source: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Stephen Cardosi, the foreman in the Scott Peterson murder trial, has some advice for states considering anonymous jurors in all crimes. So does fellow juror Mike Belmessieri, and they don't agree.

Hounded by reporters who wrote down his license-plate number and called him at 3 a.m., Mr. Cardosi says no one has the right to his or any other juror's identity.

"The public still has a First Amendment right to know about the person who committed the crime, but you don't have the right to know my private information," Mr. Cardosi, a 34-year-old paramedic and firefighter, said.

"That would be like me walking up to a girl and saying, 'Hey, I have a right to know your phone number.'"

Mr. Belmessieri faced much of the same scrutiny in the high-profile California murder trial in which Peterson was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife and unborn child. Yet he strongly disagrees. He says the stakes are too high and jurors need to take responsibility for their decisions, including who they are.

"If I'm going to send someone to the death house, I'd better be able to stand tall and look someone square in the eyes and say, 'I did it,'" said Mr. Belmessieri, a 60-year-old retired police officer and Vietnam-era Marine.