The blogsosphere, particularly on the left side of the aisle, went into quite a frenzy today as a result of Delegate Bob Marshall’s comments at a recent press conference. Virginia Virtucon has the scoop on Delegate Marshall’s response to the controversy, which should help clarify to those who misundersood what Marshall was talking about that indeed, Bob Marshall is not hostile to families with disabled children. Seriously, could anyone have actually believed such complete rubbish?
“I don’t believe that disabled kids are God’s punishments, period, end of discussion,” said Marshall. “I have defended disabled kids. I was almost kicked out of the Republican caucus because I forced a vote on a bill, because autism parents did not get a vote in a subcommittee.”
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Marshall cited articles in medical journals, which he claimed showed an increased rate of cerebral palsy, low birth weights and premature births among women who have had prior induced abortions.
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“These are both peer-reviewed medical journals,” said Marshall. “This is not Pat Robertson, this is not the Pope, this is not some yahoo preachers in a right-wing fever swamp.”
Sometimes it seems that some really do try to go out of their way to attribute motives to Delegate Marshall that he clearly doesn’t hold. I expect that from liberals, but I don’t from fellow Republicans.
UPDATE 2: Here is the video from the press conference. I think Delegate Marshall is getting a raw deal here and the press is mischaracterizing his statements. Watch for yourself, and see if Delegate Marshall is being treated fairly here.
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