A West Virginia Delegate from Monongalia County is facing scrutiny from near and far for his comments about abortion and rape.

Delegate Brian Kurcaba, R-Monongalia, told West Virginia lawmakers Wednesday, February 5 that “obviously rape is one of the most egregious acts anyone can ever do to someone… but what is beautiful is the child that could come as a production of that.”

His comments followed a public hearing the House Health and Human Resource Committee held for House Bill 2568, which would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks.

The bill would allow exemptions if a mother’s life was in danger but would not allow exemptions for rape.

After the hearing on Wednesday, the committee met. Lawmakers discussed a rape exemption but ultimately voted it down. During the debate, Kurcaba gave his opinion.

13 News asked Kurcaba for an on-camera interview. He declined, but did release a written statement.

“I apologize to anyone who took my comments about the sanctity of human life to mean anything other than that all children are precious regardless of circumstances. It is unfortunate that the only portions of my statement were publicized resulting in misrepresentation. As always, I will ensure that my focus continues to be on making West Virginia a better place to create jobs and raise a family,” said the statement.

WV Free, an organization that opposes House Bill 2568, criticized the delegate.

“It was really discouraging to hear those comments. I think it shows what more education really has to be done and how out of touch some delegates are,” said Rachel Huff, the interim deputy director of WV Free.