This actually occurred nearly two years ago, apparently, although I just learned of it today. And what I learned sickened me. No, it beyond sickened me.
I have long avoided using this blog as a platform of any kind. I share things regarding our family life, our journey through raising a child with cleft, things I find interesting. I tend to steer away from hot button topics like politics, simply because I just don't feel that this is the place for those things. I have my beliefs. It doesn't matter to anyone but me what my personal beliefs are, and I feel no need to shove those beliefs down someone else's throat. I know not all people feel the same way that I do about anything, and I respect that.
Tonight, I find myself in a position to bring up politics on my blog. But, this is something that I simply cannot avoid addressing.
Apparently, in 2010, Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall gave a speech at an event. The speech was a call for Virginia to stop state funding to Planned Parenthood. In his speech, he said that children with disabilities were God's punishment to women who had abortions. Yes. You read that correctly.
Here is his exact quote, from cbsnews.com, from THIS article:
"The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically," he reportedly said. "Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children."
"In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord," he added. "There's a special punishment Christians would suggest."