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Virginia GOP Sen. Steve Martin Calls Women “the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers)”


Another Republican shows his utter contempt for women, referring to them as “the child's host (some refer to them as mothers).”  Note that Sen. Steve Martin (R, of course) has attempted to cover his tracks, changing “the child's host” language to “the bearer of the child.” Unfortunately for Martin, there's such a thing as “screen shots,” so he can run but he can't hide.  Here's the current language on his page…we'll see how many more times he tries to change it, or delete it or whatever. Also, I can't wait to hear the condemnations from other Virginia Republicans for Martin's appalling misogyny. We're waiting…

P.S. Martin also calls pro-choice advocates “really sick people.” 

I received a Valentines Card today with a two tone red heart on the front above the words, “Don't break our hearts.” Inside was the following message:
“On behalf of women's Heath advocates across Virginia, we are disappointed in your record of voting to restrict access to critical healthcare for women and families. All women deserve access to their full range of reproductive health options – including preventing unintentional pregnancies, raising healthy children, and choosing safe, legal abortion – and your votes only make it more difficult for Virginians to plan and provide for their families. We are watching your actions closely, and hope that you will reconsider your position on this critical issue. Please don't break our hearts.

– The Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition” 

~ How very heart warming – all while using ill defined terms. “Raising healthy children” in the context of access to abortions speaks only to the ability to “kill unhealthy children.” Do they not see the sickness of that argument?

If it's your expectation that I should support such nonsense, I will be breaking your heart.

You can count on me to never get in the way of you “preventing” an unintentional pregnancy.” I'm not actually sure what that means, because if it's “unintentional” you must have been trying to prevent it. And, I don't expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. However, once a child does exist in your womb, I'm not going to assume a right to kill it just because the bearer of the child (some refer to them as mothers) doesn't want it to remain alive. 
We finally get to to the truth at the end of that same line. What they want is access to “safe, legal abortions,” any time one might be desired. Okay, then why did you write all the rest of that bologna about raising healthy children (by killing the unhealthy ones), having access to healthcare (which you do), and preventing unwanted pregnancies (don't have unprotected sex)?

Such nonsense, supposed adults have written, to celebrate love, on Valentines. These folks are really sick people! 


    RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus demanded an immediate apology from Senator Steve Martin on behalf of Virginia women, for his extreme remarks on his Facebook wall last Friday.

    Senator Louise Lucas said, “Virginia has had more than its fair share of Republican vitriol about women’s health and their bodies, leading to such outrageous legislation as the mandatory trans-vaginal ultrasound bill. Senator Martin’s recent comment that that pregnant women are ‘hosts’ just underscores that he has no idea what he’s talking about and he owes Virginia women an immediate apology.”

  • The same Republican politician who voted for Virginia’s mandatory ultrasound law and a fetal personhood bill has said that a pregnant woman is just a “host” who should not have the right to end her pregnancy, according to The Huffington Post. Virginia NOW calls on the Republican leadership to repudiate these reckless, offensive and ignorant remarks.


    Martin – w ho represents Amelia, Colonial Heights and part of Chesterfield – is the former chairman of the Senate Education and Health Committee, which considers virtually all abortion related bills, and a longstanding foe of women’s rights. He wrote a lengthy post about his opinions on women’s bodies on his Facebook wall last week. He was responding to a critical Valentine’s Day card he received from reproductive rights advocates.


    NOW has been the target of Martin’s disdain for women’s issues before. Even so, these remarks demonstrate an astonishing level of contempt for women and a profound ignorance of reproductive health care. And posting such comments on a Facebook page is reckless. The Virginia Republican leadership – which includes moderates who are working to earn women’s votes by adopting more mainstream positions – should repudiate Martin’s remarks.

  • A bit of totally un-self-aware irony from Steve Martin’s FB page: “A man that truly loves a woman … 1) is more interested in spending time than spending money, 2) is a leader, not a dictator, 3) does not cheat because he knows he’d be cheating himself (among other less selfish reasons), 4) recognizes her liberty rather than trying to hold her in captivity, “

  • Jim B

    Republicans like Martin place no value on females(host) and would discard them like some character in a science fiction movie.

  • kindler

    …that Republicans supported motherhood and apple pie.  Now it turns out that they only see moms as fetus conveyers.

    Well, at least we still have apple pie!

  • From Steve Martin’s Facebook page a few minutes ago:

    “Thank You Lord, for the blessings of this fantabulous day!”

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  • Marc Greidinger

    Keith, concerning the “who:” anyone who argues that because it’s my body and I can treat whatever is in it how I wish; good, bad, or indifferent, is saying that they are just a host. And, even to just take that paragraph out of what I wrote leaves you without the ability to understand what is was about. You are welcome to access the entirety of it. I first shared the “valentines day card” I received from the organization. I was not the only one who received the snippy card. Mine was typed out on a printed card. Others had the same or similar text but hand done. After sharing its contents I was parroting their argument back to them to illustrate the foolishness of it. It was in that context that I used terminology they have used throughout the years. As Shaun said earlier, NARAL acknowledges that the woman bearing the child is a mother? Wow!! And, they are only able to attack me by flipping their argument to represent me as the one making theirs. Yes, it’s nuts. And, on some level one has to acknowledge that to defend it is not demonstrating great in textual honest. Today I’ve received acknowledgments from a number of people in the pro choice camp that my argument is exactly correct. And, from other mothers, of people with disabilities, as to how offended they are at the “raising healthy families” argument. Because in this context it can only mean the ability to take the life of the imperfect child.

    So Martin himself does not really think of women as “hosts,” but is only characterizing pro-choice advocates as people who regard women as “hosts” and fetuses as parasites.


  • Marc Greidinger
  • a) Steve Martin makes his comments about women being the “host” for babies, totally without any apparent intent at satire, snark, or whatever.

    b) Martin is roundly denounced and made into a national laughinstock.

    c) Martin doubles down, writes on his Facebook wall, “Thank You Lord, for the blessings of this fantabulous day!”

    d) Martin continues to be mocked across the country.

    e) Martin now claims on Facebook that his comments were taken out of “context,” and that all he was really doing was “responding to a nasty gram by using “irony” to turn their own argument back on them.” (not sure why Martin puts “irony” in quotes, but maybe he’s being ironic by using the word “irony,” or maybe he has no idea what “irony” is, or maybe he’s just completely full of crap?)