"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," said Marshall, a Republican.Abortion is always a controversial issue, but this simply takes it to the extreme. Instead of promoting ways to educate the public about how we can work to limit abortions (educate people about safe sex, help make birth control available, etc), Marshall has decided to use this type of extremist rhetoric that should offend everyone. That is not going to help limit the numbers of abortions and might even make it harder for other elected officials and community leaders to actually form coalitions across party lines that could help address the issue. In other words, these remarks weren’t only offensive but were damaging to the anti-choice agenda as well.
"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."
UPDATE: Lowell has a post up over at Blue Virginia where he points out that these comments are just some in a long line of extremist rhetoric that Bob Marshall has been using over the years.