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W.Va. Lawmaker Responds After Making Rape, Abortion Comment


A state lawmaker who remarked that it is “beautiful” when a child can be born as the result of a rape says his remarks were misrepresented.
Republican Del. Brian Kurcaba said Friday that he’s sorry if people interpreted his statement as meaning anything other than “all children are precious regardless of circumstance.”

Kurcaba’s comments Thursday during committee discussion on an abortion-ban proposal sparked outcry. 
He said, “Obviously, rape is one of the most egregious acts that anybody can ever do to somebody. It’s awful. 
“For somebody to take advantage of somebody else in such a horrible and terrifying and brutal way is absolutely disgusting. But what is beautiful is the child that could come as a production of this.”