While opposing a state-wide ban on abortion, Democrat State Representative John Rogers of Alabama stated that “some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later.”
Alabama State Rep. John Rogers (D) on abortion: “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” pic.twitter.com/dxPg6X759h— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 1, 2019
Yesterday, the Republican-controlled House approved a bill to make abortion a felony for doctors and providers at any point in a pregnancy, except for women at risk. The bill passed 74-3 and will now continue to the state Senate. It will likely die in the state Senate, but lawmakers hope to bring it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in the hopes of overturning Roe v. Wade.
In his opposition, Rep. John Rogers stated his belief that a woman has a choice. “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," he said, according to Fox News.
He continued to question what would happen for children who were born “retarded” or “half-deformed.”
Rogers received strong criticism for the remarks.
Louisiana House Republican Whip Steve Scalise tweeted, “This is how extreme on abortion some on the radical left have become. This is disgusting. That’s why I am calling for a vote on the House Floor to #EndInfanticide. It’s clear that now more than ever, the most innocent form of life needs protection.”
This is how extreme on abortion some on the radical left have become. This is disgusting. That’s why I am calling for a vote on the House Floor to #EndInfanticide. It’s clear that now more than ever, the most innocent form of life needs protection. https://t.co/8rUGrejCEf— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) May 2, 2019
President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., also tweeted, “This is stomach curling…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.”
This is stomach curling and makes Ralph Northam look like a moderate on abortion.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 1, 2019
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
This response comes during fierce debate over abortion. In Indiana, the nation’s largest network of pregnancy-resource facilities, the Women’s Care Center (WCC), is facing criticisms for inciting violence in the community, despite no instance of a violent attack. When the center sought to add another location near an abortion provider, mayor and 2020 Democrat Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg vetoed their request.
According to The National Review, the mayor released a statement saying, “In my judgment, the neighborhood would not benefit from having the zoning law changed in order to place next door to each other two organizations with deep and opposite commitments on the most divisive social issue of our time.” He continued saying that the abortion provider wrote to him “to express the view that they would be harmed by such a re-zoning” due to alleged violence. A spokeswoman for the WCC, Jenny Hunsberger, claimed “there has never been an instance of violence at a Women’s Care Center.”
Several states, including Alabama, Ohio, Georgia, Mississippi, and Iowa, have passed heartbeat bills, which make abortion illegal after a heartbeat is detected. Although some of these states are waiting for governor signing, other states have ramped up access to abortion. According to The Christian Post, eight states allow abortion at any point in pregnancy: Alaska, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington D.C.
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Mikaela Mathews is a freelance writer and editor based in Dallas, TX. She was the editor of a local magazine and a contributing writer for the Galveston Daily News and Spirit Magazine.