Of­fi­cial de­fends quote on God, drought

As­sem­bly­woman says her com­ments about abor­tion and drought were mis­rep­re­sented.

Los Angeles Times - - THE STATE - By Hai­ley Bran­son-Potts hai­ley.bran­son @latimes.com

A Kern County as­sem­bly­woman is re­spond­ing to crit­i­cism af­ter a speech in which she re­port­edly sug­gested God eased Texas’ drought af­ter the state passed anti-abor­tion leg­is­la­tion and now “has his hold on Cal­i­for­nia.”

Ac­cord­ing to RH Re­al­ity Check, an online pub­li­ca­tion that cov­ers re­pro­duc­tive health, As­sem­bly­woman Shan­non Grove (R-Bak­ers­field) told a group of an­tiabor­tion ad­vo­cates that “Texas was in a long pe­riod of drought un­til Gov. [Rick] Perry signed the fe­tal pain bill. It rained that night.”

She ap­par­ently was re­fer­ring to leg­is­la­tion that banned nearly all abor­tions af­ter 20 weeks of preg­nancy and will close most of the state’s abor­tion clin­ics.

Grove was speak­ing ear­lier this month at the Cal­i­for­nia Pro­Life Leg­isla­tive Ban­quet in Sacra­mento and brought a Bi­ble to the podium, ac­cord­ing to RH Re­al­ity Check.

In a state­ment Mon­day, Grove said she was “in­cor­rectly quoted” but ac­knowl­edged that she told the au­di­ence it rained the night Perry signed the bill. She said she thought the in­for­ma­tion “would be in­ter­est­ing to my au­di­ence.”

“I did not say that God made it rain be­cause of the bill; I did not say God has a hold on Cal­i­for­nia, (in­sin­u­at­ing a threat.) I did say I be­lieve with all my heart that the Lord has his hand on Cal­i­for­nia (in the sense of a bless­ing to come.)” The paren­the­ses were in­cluded in her quote.

In her state­ment, she said she did not say God is the cause of Cal­i­for­nia’s record-break­ing drought and that “mil­lions of Cal­i­for­ni­ans” are pray­ing for the state.

On Face­book, how­ever, Grove said last week: “Is this drought caused by God? No­body knows. But bib­li­cal history shows a con­se­quence to man’s ac­tions; we do know for sure that Cal­i­for­nia’s wa­ter short­age cri­sis has been com­pounded by lib­eral politi­cians’ poor de­ci­sions — not prop­erly man­ag­ing our wa­ter re­sources and re­fus­ing to build wa­ter stor­age for decades.”

NARAL Pro-Choice Cal­i­for­nia blasted Grove’s state­ments.

“Blam­ing this drought on women who ex­er­cise their re­pro­duc­tive rights is patently ridicu­lous,” said Amy Everitt, state di­rec­tor of the po­lit­i­cal ad­vo­cacy group. “It shows how out of touch Assem­bly­mem­ber Grove is with the ma­jor­ity of Cal­i­for­ni­ans who re­spect a woman’s right to dig­nity and self­de­ter­mi­na­tion.”

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