Bryan Fischer of the Christian conservative American Family Association (AFA) has interpreted a genetic study to mean being gay is the “result of a birth defect.”

The study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis suggests that homosexuality is passed down genetically from the opposite gendered parent through epigenetic marks, extra layers of information which control how certain genes are expressed.

Fischer said the discovery would lead prospective parents to choose to abort a pregnancy.

“As I have said before, I suspect that not even homosexual activists today want the gay gene to be found, even if it exists, because of advances in prenatal genetic testing,” he told his radio audience on Wednesday. “It is now possible to routinely screen for 3500 genetic defects while a child is still in the womb.”

“So these activists rationally fear that preborn children who are detected with this gene will be aborted before they even have the chance to be born. After all, if 90% of babies in the womb who are diagnosed with Downs syndrome never draw their first breath, what are the chances that parents disposed to abortion will not exercise the same choice with regard to the gay gene?”

“The scientists in Koebler’s article, in my view, are now resorting to genetic subterfuge and are coming dangerously close to saying that homosexuality is the result of a genetic defect, a genetic abnormality. In other words, read from one angle, these same scientists are saying that homosexuality is the result of a birth defect.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)