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Student Journalist Gets It Wrong - Misses the Point

Here is an excellent example of the blatant bias of the media where a
reporter takes one sentence out of context from a press conference and
twists its meaning and intent to push a personal position.

MANASSAS, VA-Reporter Kelsey Radcliffe released a news article three days after a press conference at which Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall spoke with pastors, clergymen and reporters regarding funding of
pro-abortion organization Planned Parenthood. This article neglected to
state the facts or the studies he and other speakers cited for their
objections to giving this organization more taxpayer dollars. Instead,
it focused on a single sentence taken out of context with the seeming
intention of misrepresenting what he said, and at the same time being
hurtful to disabled children.

Bob and his wife have five children. The adoption agency told them that one of their adopted
children had a 50-50 chance of contracting a disabling genetic disease
which causes death in early adulthood. Nevertheless, they went through
with the adoption. Several years ago they found out she does not carry
the gene for this disorder after all.

Bob and his wife firmly believe every child is a gift and a blessing. Contrary to the
philosophy of Planned Parenthood, they think every child deserves a
lifetime, regardless of whether that child is planned, unplanned,
wanted, unwanted, disabled, "normal," has birth defects, is born
outside of marriage, or is the result of sexual assault. Special needs
children are especially important to them, which is why for three years
Bob introduced legislation to add insurance coverage for autism.

During the press conference, Bob mentioned that Christians can have a special
insight because the first born of every being, animal and man, was
dedicated to God in the Old Testament. Peer review medical research
shows that induced abortion of the first pregnancy causes significantly
higher complications in subsequent wanted pregnancies than in women who
carry their children to term, and he believes many women would want to
know this information before choosing to have an abortion. We truly do
owe it to the best interest and well being of the mother and child to
expose the potential dangers of these unfortunate first abortions,
which are so aggressively promoted by Planned Parenthood. By concealing
this information, Planned Parenthood takes a stance that is of such a
lack of sensitivity or care to these young women that we must wonder
why they receive any taxpayer dollars at all.
In 2008, peer review medical researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University published a
report from official US sources on the higher incidence of low birth
weight and premature births among women who had induced abortions vs.
women who did not.

The study found that women who had one, two and three or more prior abortions were 2.8, 4.6 and 9.5 times more
likely to have low birth weight children and the risk of premature
birth was 1.7, 2.0 and 3.0 times higher for women with a history of
one, two or three or more previous abortions. (See, Brown, J. S., et
al. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2008;62:16-22) Bob
specifically cited this VCU study at the press conference.

Yet Kelsey Radcliffe failed to mention this scientific study in her article
which would allow readers to make up their own minds based on the
facts. We must preserve objectivity and clarity in journalism, and one
way to do that is to correct the record when facts are missing or
misleading statements are made.

Readers should question why this organization opposes Bob's HB 334, now in the State Senate, to inform
women about medical problems they and their children may have in future
wanted pregnancies after a prior induced abortion. Since Planned
Parenthood supports prenatal diagnosis and abortion of handicapped
children because of their handicap, they must be asked how denial of
peer review medical studies promotes the best interests of women. This
is a disservice to women who deserve better.

I hope this clarifies any mistaken impressions left by Kelsey Radcliffe's article.
If you have any questions you may contact Bob directly on his cell
phone at 703-853-4213.

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