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GOP candidate: Incest exception for abortion is wrong, it can be 'voluntary'

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They say that your words and actions of the past can come back and bite you. That saying rings true describing a Republican candidate running for Congress.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R- VA) is set to retire at the end of the year and running for the new open seat in the House of Representatives is Bob Marshall. As a senior Republican in the Virginia General Assembly, Marshall has made outlandish comments for many of the 23 years he has been in office. According to a report in the Washington Times, Marshall was quoted in 1989 stating that an abortion exception for incest should be void because they are often voluntary.

"What if incest is voluntary? Sometimes it is.”

It's not just in the past that Marshall has made controversial comments. In 2010, Marshall spoke about defunding Planned Parenthood and stated that "vengeance" would come down to haunt women who abort previous fetuses.

“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion who have handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the firstborn of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children.”

Bob Marshall co-sponsored the Marshall-Newman Amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage in Virginia. That amendment was recently ruled unconstitutional. A strong supporter of the "personal hood" amendment and other hard-right positions, Marshall is not liked among establishment Republicans who view him as too extreme.



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