I’m sure everyone has heard about Delegate Bob Marshall’s controversial statements regarding abortion. For those who missed it, he was at a press conference, talking about cutting Planned Parenthood from Virginia’s Budget. Here’s what he said

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.

The left had a field day with this. A petition, already containing 266 signatures, is being circulated to remove Marshall from office.

Marshall got wind of this, and quickly released a statement, saying,

A story by Capital News Service regarding my remarks at a recent press conference opposing taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood conveyed the impression that I believe disabled children are a punishment for prior abortions. No one who knows me or my record would imagine that I believe or intended to communicate such an offensive notion. I have devoted a generation of work to defending disabled and unwanted children, and have always maintained that they are special blessings to their parents. Nevertheless, 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.

So what does this mean? Well for starters, I’m ruling out Marshall for Senate 2012. While the hard right will still support him, pragmatic Republicans who want a Republican without baggage may not get on board.

With that being said, I don’t think he’ll be losing his Delegate seat anytime soon, but angry parents who only read the blogs’ interpretations might be angry and put up a fight. Perhaps expect anti-Bob websites coming up soon, and more commentary from the blogs.