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‘Some Kids Are Unwanted, so You Kill Them Now or You Kill Them Later’ Alabama Rep. Criticized Over Abortion Ban Remarks

An Alabama representative has been criticized for his “stomach curling” comments he made while opposing a bill which would criminalize nearly all abortions in the state.

Democrat John Rogers was voicing his disapproval to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives in Alabama about the bill making it a felony offense for a woman to have an abortion unless her health is at risk.

The bill would also make it a class C felony for a doctor to attempt to perform an abortion where there is no health risk for the woman.

House Bill 314, sponsored by State Rep. Terri Collins, was passed by 74 to 3, with many Democrats refusing to take part in the vote in protest, reports Alabama Political Reporter.

Speaking in the chamber, Rodgers said abortion should be a woman’s choice, adding: “Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later.

"You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, and you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later,” Rogers continued.

“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.”

After a clip of the comments were posted onto social media, several Republicans and high-profile conservatives condemned Rogers.

“This is stomach curling and makes Ralph Northam look like a moderate on abortion,” the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted.

“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.”

Rep. Bradley Byrne posted a clip of Rogers' remarks on Twitter to attack his and Sen. Doug Jones' pro-abortion stances.

“It’s an abomination that Alabama has a Senator in @DougJones who is unabashedly pro-abortion & refuses to stand up to this type of extremism from members of his party in defense of innocent human life,” Byrne wrote.

“Alabama deserves a 100% pro-life voice representing us in the US Senate.”

Henry Rodgers, a writer for the right-wing Daily Caller website, also described Rogers as “sick in the head.”

Collins defended her restrictive bill while speaking on the House floor. “This bill is focused on that baby that's in the womb that is a person," Collins said, reports NPR. "That baby, I believe, would choose life."

The ACLU of Alabama said they will be prepared to fight the bill if the state Senate passes it.

“We are disappointed that the Alabama House passed HB314 despite the fact it would criminalize abortion and interfere with a woman's personal, private medical decisions. It is unfortunate that members of the House are putting their personal beliefs ahead of what's in the best interest of our state,” an ACLU of Alabama spokesperson added.

“The people of Alabama are paying the bill for unconstitutional legislation and we hope that the Senate members will realize its detrimental impact and stop this bill from becoming law. Otherwise it will be challenged in federal court.”

Rep John Rogers State Rep. John Rogers voices his opposition too the Alabama abortion bill on the House floor. WVTM

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