“You bring them into the world unwanted, unloved, then send them to the electric chair. So you kill them now or kill them later.”
By Dave Andrusko
At the risk of stating the self-evident, had a Republican (in a different context) made remarks as ghastly, as vicious, and as riddled with bias as were the abortion comments of Alabama State Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham), the outrage would reverberate for decades.
But only a handful of outlets commented, mostly pro-lifers shocked (why is it that only pro-lifers can be shocked about abortion?) about Rogers dehumanizing comments made on Tuesday.
Kudos to Brandon Moseley of the Alabama Political Reporter for providing several comments from Rogers, and less so to the Washington Post (which did its best to “contextualize Rogers’ heinous remarks).
Here’s the setting. All but a handful of Democrats had left the chambers after their amendments to State House Bill 314, sponsored by Rep. Terri Collins, were rejected.
According to The Post’s Katie Mettler
“I’m not about to be the male tell a woman what to do with her body,” he [Roger] said, repeating a common refrain among abortion-rights advocates. “She has a right to make that decision herself.”
Then his argument took a turn.
“Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or kill them later,” he said. “You bring them into the world unwanted, unloved, then you send them to the electric chair. So you kill them now or you kill them later. But the bottom line is that I think we shouldn’t be making this decision.”
But there’s more where this came from, omitted by Mettler but included by Brandon Moseley:
“Some parents can’t handle a child with problems,” he said. “It could be retarded. It might have no arms and no legs.”
[You can watch a clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxoXH92I_64.]
Condemnation was swift and pointed, although conspicuously none came from Rogers’ fellow Democrats.
“Rep. Rogers’ remarks are chilling,” said Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed. “Kill them now, or you kill them later? His comments should be condemned at the state and national level.”
“Every human life, no matter how weak or small, has inherent dignity because we are all made in the image of God,” Reed continued, according to Moseley. “House Bill 314, which the House passed 74-3, recognizes and protects the dignity of human life, and the Alabama Senate looks forward to debating and voting on this important pro-life measure in the coming days.”
Moseley provided other blistering condemnations of Rogers:
“So easy for every human alive to pontificate and decide why others in the womb, who can’t speak, should be destroyed and denied their life,”[Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry] Lathan said. “Thanks to the AL House Republicans for passing one of the toughest abortion bills in the nation yesterday. Babies are pro-life if you could ask them.”
“This is one of the most horrific statements I’ve ever heard from an elected official, and it follows the previous disgusting comments from Gov. (Ralph) Northam in Virginia,” said Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose. “The American people must put our foot down and say enough is enough. Every single life is precious and worth fighting for. I’m disappointed Alabama has a senator in Doug Jones who is unabashedly pro-abortion and refuses to stand up to this type of extremism from members of his own party. Alabama deserves a 100 percent pro-life voice representing us in the Senate.”
Donald Trump Jr., tweeted. “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.”