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The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill this week outlawing abortions in cases of fetal abnormalities.
In a follow-up statement to an Oklahoma NBC affiliate, Republican Rep. George Fraught hinted there was beauty in a pregnancy that resulted from incest or rape.
“Let me be clear, God never approves of rape or incest. However, even in the worst circumstances, God can bring beauty from ashes,” Fraught said.
House Democrats challenged Fraught’s no-exception House Bill 1549. Fraught defended his bill by stating on Tuesday that “rape and incest could be part of God’s will.” Video of his fringe position began making the rounds on Thursday.
“If you read the Bible, there’s actually a couple circumstances where that happened and the Lord uses all circumstances,” Fraught said. “I mean, you can go down that path, but it’s a reality unfortunately.”
Rep. Cory Williams questioned Fraught if rape and incest were the will of God.
“You won’t make any exceptions for rape, you won’t make any exceptions for incest in this, and you are proffering divine intervention as the reason why you won’t do that,” Williams said. “I think it is very important. This body wants to know, myself personally, whether you believe rape and incest are actually the will of God.”
“You’re saying that God is not sovereign with every activity that happens in someone’s life and can’t use anything and everything in someone’s life, and I disagree with that,” Fraught responded.
The bill passed with a 67-16 vote, and moves on to the Senate.
H/T the Huffington Post
Nidia Cavazos is a multimedia journalist with an emphasis on political reporting. She's contributed to Univision, KXAN, and USA Today College, and she was named one of six NBC Fellows by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in 2017.