MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Rep. John Rogers (D) left state lawmakers with some controversial comments when the House was debating a bill that would make it a criminal act to perform an abortion.
The abortion bill passed the House ina 74-3 vote.
“So it boils down to whether you kill them early, or you kill them later,” Rogers said.
The comments are drawing national attention and backlash from both sides of the political aisle, including Democrats that Rogers had supported.
The abortion bill is now in the hands of the Senate to debate, but it’s passage and the comments made by Rogers have garnered a strong reaction from high ranking Democrats who have known him for years, including Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) Thursday.
“I thought it was outrageous, I was absolutely appalled,” Jones said. “I didn’t see that until this morning. I have known Representative Rogers a long, long time. I think he owes an apology to the people of the state and he owes an apology to members of the legislature.”
Local organizations are also reacting to the controversial statements from Rogers. Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates released the following statement.
“We are disgusted and deeply offended by the most recent comments from Representative Rogers. Not only were his remarks reprehensible, they are a complete distraction from the real work still left to be done in this state. The people of Alabama deserve better.
“Our state suffers from a dire OBGYN shortage, skyrocketing infant and maternal mortality rates, and more deaths from cervical cancer than anywhere else in the country. Now we face an outright abortion ban that would be a death sentence for even more Alabama women.
“As we speak, Alabamians are dying from real public health problems that need our attention and we will not allow one man’s repulsive rant to distract us from the real issues at hand.”