It’s Your Fault Your Kid is Disabled, You Filthy Harlot
February 23, 2010 in Patently Insane Statements
Last week, Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Manassas) said the following:
“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.”
Let me give you a little background on this guy.
In 1991, as part of the anti-choice/pro-life/complete asshole* movement, Bob Marshall co-authored the book Blessed are the Barren: The Social Policy of Planned Parenthood. In it, he and his co-author argue that Planned Parenthood was not only founded by advocates of eugenics, but it continues to exist in order to keep the numbers of black babies well below the numbers of white babies. Based on revised history, out-of-context quotations, and general idiocy, the book is the (dare I say it?) Bible for people like my brother who will believe anything they read if it’s couched in scripture.
He was also one of the sponsors of the Marshall-Newman amendment, which made same-sex marriage in Virginia unconstitutional.
He once said of a bill that would have outlawed the dispensing of Plan B on college campuses in Virginia, “We have no business passing this garbage out and making these co-eds chemical Love Canals for these frat house playboys in Virginia. We have no business passing this stuff out.” (Love that double entendre, Bob!)
When he overwhelmingly lost the vote for chairman of the Virginia Immigration Commission, he would not relinquish the seat, and some reports state that the gavel had to be wrestled away from him.
He is a god damned nutcase. And he keeps getting re-elected. This is funny for a second, and then it’s just sad and disturbing. How the hell is there any hope for this country, for anyone, when men like him, who thrive on misinformation and theatrical misrepresentation of everything, are in power?
I’ll grant you that most of the members of the Virginia General Assembly know this man is a complete whackjob; you should hear them when one of his crazy-ass bills comes before them in subcommittee. It’s like they’re talking to a child on the verge of a tantrum.
Back to the matter at hand: disabled people are a curse, a punishment from God on high for your transgressions. I know so many people who would vehemently disagree with this. What’s more, the hypocrisy of his statement is almost tangible: disabled people are worth less than other people, but fetuses/unborn Americans/the umbillically challenged/whatever are worth just the same as the already born!
There’s been a huge outcry locally for Marshall to apologize or resign. He’s done the former, saying that his statement was taken out of context. I can tell you first hand that it was not, as I was at the press conference where he said it.
Even the Family Foundation has come out and disagreed with him, and they’re almost as backwards as he is. But still: HE KEEPS GETTING ELECTED.
My brain hurts.
*I’m talking about this guy and his ilk. If you’re pro-life, you’re not automatically an asshole, but when you try to push your beliefs onto me, I stop being so forgiving.