Poorly Chosen WordsFebruary 23, 2010
Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall sparked controversy recently with his remarks suggesting that disabled children were God's punishment for abortion. During a Virgina Christian Action press conference promoting a pro-life initiative, which is an attempt to remove state funding for Planned Parenthood, Marshall went off script and stated:
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.Not surprisingly, Marshall's comments sparked outrage and criticism. Even allies like Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, who supports the pro-life effort Marshall was promoting, have denounced the comments. The attention to Marshall's remarks has overshadowed and harmed the initiative he was promoting. Marshall has now released a statement in which he declared, "I regret any misimpression my poorly chosen words may have created as to my deep commitment to fighting for these vulnerable children and their families." Hopefully, this incident will serve as a reminder that "poorly chosen words" can undermine a larger effort.
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.