Oklahoma lawmaker defends pregnancy from rape and incest as ‘beauty from ashes’

Source: The Washington Post

March 25

Oklahoma lawmaker on abortion in rape and incest cases: ‘God can bring beauty out of ashes’

During a floor debate on a bill to prohibit abortion in cases when the fetus shows signs of Down Syndrome or another genetic disorder, Oklahoma state Rep. George Faught (R-Muskogee) also addressed instances when babies are born out of rape or incest.(Oklahoma Legislature)

In defending his controversial antiabortion legislation, Oklahoma state Rep. George Faught said that even in pregnancies that result from rape or incest, “God can bring beauty from ashes.”

Faught made the statement during a debate on the Oklahoma House floor earlier this week. Faught’s bill, which overwhelmingly passed the House on Tuesday, would outlaw abortions sought by women based solely on a diagnosis of Down syndrome or other genetic abnormalities. A fellow lawmaker criticized the Republican from Muskogee for not including an exception for pregnancies that resulted from rape and incest.

In a heated exchange, Rep. Cory Williams (D-Stillwater) asked Faught whether rape or incest is the “will of God.”

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