A Democratic congressman in Alabama’s statehouse offered up an incredibly abominable and repugnant argument in favor of abortion.
During heated floor debate, State Representative John Rogers—who has been in office since 1982—said, “Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later.”
“You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later,” the Democrat continued.
Alabama Reporter reports Rogers continued in saying: “I may bring a bill to force all men to have vasectomies. That would end this whole debate. There would be no more abortions and eventually no more voters.”
Adding, “Some parents can’t handle a child with problems. It could be retarded. It might have no arms and no legs.”
Republican sponsor of House Bill 314, Terri Collins described that the bill “makes it a criminal offense to perform an abortion as a doctor. The woman would be held blameless.” This effectively criminalizes all abortions. During the debate, a motion to add an amendment to allow abortions in the case of incest or rape was rejected.
House Bill 314 passed 74 votes to 3 as many Democrats left the chamber, the Alabama Reporter reports.
BizPac Review reports Planned Parenthood announced they would be fighting the bill’s passage through the State Senate and would be willing to take the bill to court.
“Today’s floor debate made it crystal clear what Alabama lawmakers think about women,” Planned Parenthood President and CEO Staci Fox said. “It also revealed just how callous and flagrant they can be. They voted overwhelmingly to reject any exception for rape or incest. And, despite acknowledging that this bill will inevitably end in litigation, costing the taxpayers millions of dollars, they rejected the opportunity to ‘put their money where their mouth is,’ as Rep. Merika Coleman put it, and pay for that litigation themselves. Instead, they are forcing the people of this state to fund this political game they are playing, with Alabama women as their pawns.”
BizPac Review reports the reaction to Rogers’ comments has been overwhelmingly negative: