Saturday, March 25, 2017

Pregnancy From Rape, Incest Called ‘Beauty From the Ashes’

While defending an anti-abortion bill, an Oklahoma lawmaker this week said pregnancies caused by rape and incest could be seen as God bringing “beauty from the ashes.”
Representative George Faught was speaking during testimony on House Bill 1549, which would ban abortion if the decision to undergo the procedure is based only on the fetus being diagnosed with an abnormality or having the potential to develop one. Under the bill, doctors who performed an abortion anyway in such cases would have their medical license suspended or revoked, and would be fined $10,000 for the first procedure, $50,000 for the second and $100,000 for the third.
The bill passed the Oklahoma House on Tuesday and now heads to the state Senate.
Asked by Representative Cory Williams, a Democrat, if rape is the will of God, Faught replied: “Well, you know, if you read the Bible, there’s actually a couple of circumstances where that happened, and the Lord uses all circumstances. I mean, you can go down that path, but it’s a reality, unfortunately.”
Williams then asked Faught, a Republican, if incest is the will of God, to which he replied: “Same answer: Doesn’t deal with this bill.” Williams pushed back, explaining that was a fair question about the bill, as the legislation includes no abortion exceptions for rape or incest.
“Obviously, if it happens in someone’s life, it may not be the best thing that’s ever happened, you know, but you’re saying that God is not sovereign with every activity that happens in someone’s life, and can’t use everything and anything in someone’s life, and I disagree with that,” said Faught.
Despite being an elected public official, Faught’s tweets are private, and his Facebook page appears to have been deactivated. Oklahoma radio station KFOR reports that Faught “refused to go on camera about his bill” and instead sent a statement.
“Life, no matter how it is conceived, is valuable and something to be protected. Let me be clear, God never approves of rape or incest,” Faught said in his statement. “However, even in the worst circumstances, God can bring beauty from ashes."
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