DENVER (CBS4) – A Colorado lawmaker is under fire for controversial comments about a pregnant woman whose baby was cut from her womb in Longmont.

On his daily TV show, Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, R-Colorado Springs, said the attack is punishment for legalized abortion.

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“This is the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb,” Klingenschmitt said on his show.

Michelle Wilkins (credit: Michelle Wilkins' Family)

Michelle Wilkins (credit: Michelle Wilkins’ Family)

Klingenschmitt was referring to the incident where Michelle Wilkins, 26, answered a Craigslist ad for baby clothes allegedly placed by Dynel Lane. Lane, 34, is accused of stabbing Wilkins and removing her baby.

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Klingenschmitt is also a minister.

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On Thursday at the state Capitol fellow Republican lawmakers, including House Assistant Minority Leader Polly Lawrence, said his comments were appalling.

Rep. Polly Lawrence, R-Douglas County, on Thursday  (credit: CBS)

Rep. Polly Lawrence, R-Douglas County, on Thursday (credit: CBS)

“I couldn’t believe he used those words, and as a mother I just was appalled that he would do that. And for somebody who had just lost a baby in such a horrific way, I just think it was completely inappropriate and not acceptable,” said Lawrence, R-Douglas County.

Klingenschmitt also spoke out defending his comments.

“When I’m here in the Legislature I just have a different job and I’m not going to disavow what I do on Sunday, but it’s not what I do here in the Legislature Monday through Friday,” Klingenschmitt said.

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Klingenschmitt says he has no plans to apologize for comments he made as a minister.