An Alabama lawmaker who remarked “kill them now or kill them later” during debate on an abortion bill said he was trying to criticize politicians’ focus on abortion as they neglect social services.
The comments by Democratic Rep. John Rogers of Birmingham drew widespread attention on social media — including condemnation from Donald Trump, Jr. — two days after they were made on the floor of the Alabama House of Representatives.
The Birmingham Democrat made the comment as lawmakers debated a bill to outlaw almost all abortions in the state by making it a felony to perform an abortion. The bill contains no exemptions for rape and incest.
“Some kids are unwanted. So you kill them now or kill them later. You bring them into the world unwanted and unloved, then send them to the electric chair. So you kill them now or kill them later. But the bottom line is that we shouldn’t be making this decision,” Rogers said during the debate.
This is stomach curling and makes Ralph Northam look like a moderate on abortion.
Every Democrat running for President needs to be asked where they stand on this. The extreme turn we've seen from Dems on abortion recently is truly sickening. https://t.co/KchZfqvQMK
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 1, 2019
Rogers said during a later interview that Alabama hasn’t expanded Medicaid, has a violent prison system and has neglected social services.
“They are being hypocritical. They are killing them anyway,” Rogers said.
Republicans sharply condemned Rogers for the remarks.
Donald Trump, Jr. commented on Twitter that Rogers’ comments were “stomach curling.”
Alabama Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed called the comments “chilling.” Alabama Republican Party Chairwoman Terry Lathan also condemned the comments.
“During an abortion bill debate in the Alabama House of Representatives Tuesday, Democrat State Representative John Rogers made stunningly abhorrent and callous remarks about aborting children,” Lathan said.
Rogers said he stood by his comments.
“I don’t agree with abortion myself, but I think that ought to be a woman’s decision to make about her body.”
Democrat Alabama State Representative John Rogers advocates for abortion by highlighting “retarded” and “half deformed” babiespic.twitter.com/v6jmWnIbpK
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 2, 2019
The Alabama House of Representatives approved the proposed abortion ban on a 74-3 vote. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate.
Supporters of the proposed abortion ban acknowledge it would be struck down by the lower courts, but said their aim is to ignite a legal challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationally.
To all who are pro-abortion, it would have been great if your mother did it to you, so you wouldn’t get to spew forth this nonsense.
If he was looking in a mirror I would agree with him.
Really sorry but i can’t understand a word he is talking….
At least this Democrat is honest: he does not refer to abortions a a “choice”, he calls it for what it is: MURDER.
They want to lose their voter base
It has been argued by some very established economists, the the introduction of legalized abortion 50 years resulted in a significant decline in the crime rate at the times that those aborted would have been young adults. Even some left wing politicians have said that legalized abortion is de facto legalized genocide of African Americans (and I suspect others groups on the “bottom” of society). And it would be hard not to argue that the current labor shortage (resulting in a very low unemployment rate) reflects that millions of American workers were aborted, depriving society of their labors as well as their consumption.
However the abortion debate is about political correctness versus morality, not economics. If economists were in charge, they would offer every pregnant woman a nice chunk of money on condition she carred the child to birth, and everyone would be happy. I suspect if the payment was large enough, few women would choose to kill their own babies.
This guy was last in the news for yelling that white people don’t adopt black children. Even though reality says otherwise. And he was reelected.
This dude needs subtitles when he talks. Wth was he saying?
So, he supports the death penalty for criminals then?