Conservative ‘Christian’ Candidate Insultingly Blames Prior Abortions For Disabled Children (VIDEO)

“When you abort the firstborn of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children.”

The nice thing about conservative leaders is they’re the gift that keeps giving, for those of us that write about them — every week there’s another astonishingly oblivious or obnoxious quote for us to write about, while the satire writers go out of business (forcing them into the industry of prophecy). Then, at the same time, there’s the fact that they are leaders, and there are people listening to and believing the things that come out of their mouths. That’s the disturbing, depressing part of it.

Bob Marshall is one such conservative leader. Hilariously uninformed, and with a set of antique logical and moral principles, he stubbornly stands by his 2010 comments about how children with disabilities come about (hint: it isn’t what your doctor will tell you). You can see the video of that below:

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You might recognize his name. He’s the same guy that said abortion in the case of incest isn’t okay, either, because it “might be voluntary.” I guess he never considered “it might not be.”

And he’s wrong about complications stemming from abortion, too. In fact, it’s very difficult to study long-term effects of abortion. Most studies on it are observational, meaning they investigate data rather than actually testing. There are some studies that show links between abortions and premature birth in subsequent pregnancies, but observational studies can only demonstrate association, not prove cause. Other studies, when looking at more variables, found no long-term association at all.

With regard to the medical procedure, abortion is actually safer than childbirth (0.6 deaths from 100,000 procedures vs. 8.8 maternal deaths for every 100,000 births). There are other myths surrounding abortion, such as a link to breast cancer, that are completely false. Another common myth is post-abortion depression, which likely does not take into account various other factors that can be precursors to both.

The [report by the American Psychological Association Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion] noted that other co-occurring risk factors, including poverty, prior exposure to violence, a history of emotional problems, a history of drug or alcohol use, and prior unwanted births predispose women to experience both unwanted pregnancies and mental health problems after a pregnancy, irrespective of how the pregnancy is resolved. Failures to control for these co-occurring risk factors, the task force noted, may lead to reports of associations between abortion history and mental health problems that are misleading. (Source)

In fact, the leader of the APA Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion stated, “The best scientific evidence published indicates that among adult women who have an unplanned pregnancy, the relative risk of mental health problems is no greater if they have a single elective first-trimester abortion or deliver that pregnancy.” You can find the full report of the task force here.

Arguments against abortion also fail to take into account that it is a constitutional right to choose. That’s right — constitutional. Just like District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago affirmed the right to keep and bear arms by an individual, Roe v. Wade determined it is a woman’s right under the 14th amendment to have an abortion before viability. If anti-choice advocates are going to argue against abortion, they should drop the silly route and make a substantive legal argument that somehow negates due process — you know, individual liberty.