Va. Del. Bob Marshall Clarifies Disabled Children, Abortion Comments

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Updated: Tuesday, 23 Feb 2010, 11:52 PM EST Published : Tuesday, 23 Feb 2010, 8:33 PM EST

Source: Courtesy of Fox 5 News Bob Barnard bob.barnard[at] By BOB BARNARD/myfoxdc

MANASSAS, Va. - Delegate Bob Marshall will refer to scripture when explaining his anti-abortion beliefs. But the longtime Virginia lawmaker says he wants to set the record straight about a published report claiming he said God punishes some women who've had abortions by inflicting their subsequent children with disabilities.

"Wrong. Never happened. I don't believe that," Marshall told Fox 5 News in an exclusive interview in his hometown of Manassas Tuesday night.

The Republican has represented the Manassas area in the Virginia House of Delegates for 19 years. And he's an unabashed opponent of abortion.

"A child, whether it's wanted or unwanted, planned, unplanned, born in birth, not born in birth, is a result of sexual assault, is perfect or is disabled, is precious in the sight of God," Marshall proclaims.

It was during a news conference last Thursday announcing legislation to end state funding for Planned Parenthood that Marshall made the following statement: "The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion who have handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the firstborn of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children."

Marshall blames a Virginia Commonwealth University student journalist who attended that news conference for twisting his words in a blog posting.

"I never mention God punishing women," Marshall told us. "I talked about 'nature's vengence' and I regret those terms. I should have said 'natural consequences.' It's just like somebody who drinks alcohol to excess and gets a liver problem. You can't blame God for that. You did it to yourself."

A medical researcher by profession, Marshall cites numerous studies to back up his claims that abortions can have serious medical consequences.

See the NewsEdge report of our one-on-one interview with Delegate Marshall by clicking the video tab.