A West Virginia lawmaker is coming under fire for saying women who become pregnant from sexual assault should not be exempt from an anti-abortion measure, because childbirth resulting from rape is “beautiful.”
The Huffington Post reports Del. Brian Kurcaba (R-Monongalia) made the comment during a committee hearing on a new abortion restriction Feb. 5.
The newly elected Republican delegate went on to clarify his statement, saying “Obviously rape is awful,” according to David Gutman, a Charleston Gazette reporter.
Kurcaba was elected to the House of Delegates in November.
The bill in question would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. State House Republicans revived the bill after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) vetoed it in 2014.