Chris Pritt, a Republican who serves as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from the 36th district, was harshly criticized after he suggested men should not have to pay child support because forcing men to support their children could "encourage" women to have abortions.
In fact, Pritt went so far as to suggest the practice of paying child support should be banned altogether. Oddly, he said it would be necessary to "enact the Second Amendment here" to discourage anyone who might seek an abortion.
Pritt's remarks are the latest brazen suggestion from an empowered conservative in the weeks since the Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision that once protected a person's right to choose reproductive healthcare without excessive government restriction.
You can hear what Pritt said in the video below.
"If she carries through with the pregnancy, he's going to have, possibly, some sort of child support obligation. And, so, what he wants to do is, he wants to — in a sense — encourage her to go and find a way for her to get an abortion."
"Because he knows that a certain individual — if he has any kind of familiarity with her, he knows that she might be of such a state of mind, she must be in such a vulnerable position that it's not worth everything that he's going to put me through to carry this pregnancy forward."
"It's going to be easier, it's going to be better, for me to just go and terminate this 'life.' So she goes over to Virginia or to some other state where she goes and gets the abortion."
"So, I think that's a really clear possibility if we enact the Second Amendment here, I don't want to be doing anything that is encouraging thugs to go and get an abortion."
Pritt's remarks exposed him to heavy criticism online after footage of his remarks went viral
Pritt later attempted to clarify his remarks, saying that his speech "was in response to an amendment allowing men to file pre-birth paternity actions" and that he never claimed men should not have to pay child support.
He added that he has "personally known of instances where abortions were done after threats of a custody fight" though he did not offer actual evidence.