Bob Marshall did the right thing this afternoon.

He told student reporter Kelsey Radcliffe who had broken the story about his remarks at the press conference last Thursday suggesting  that having a child born with disabilities could be a punishment for a previous abortion that he regrets “any misimpression that my poorly chosen words may have created as to my deep commitment to fighting for these vulnerable children and families.”

Over the years, Marshall has been one of the Assembly’s most outspoken advocates on behalf of expanded treatment and support for children with autism and other disabilities, even incurring the wrath of his own party for its approach to autism legislation.

I doubt that the incident will go away quickly.

It’s a made for national attention story.

But Marshall was correct to acknowledge that kids with disabilities don’t belong in a debate about whether to fund Planned Parenthood services.

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