Alabama State Representative John Rogers, speaking from the House floor, boldly claimed that “Some children are just unwanted.” The comment was in response to the debate on a ‘Personhood Bill’ that later passed 72 to 26. Rogers continued, “You either kill them now or you kill them later in the electric chair.”
The comment was reported by Brandon Moseley, the Lead reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. Brandon is in the Capitol for all legislative sessions.
On Brandon’s FB post for HB314, Brandon commented: “Rep. Rogers – some children are just unwanted. You either kill them now or you kill them later in the electric chair.“
Later on it was reported that Rogers also stated while on the floor:
“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.” and also that “Some parents can’t handle a child with problems.”
The bill would ban all abortions except when the life of the mother is in danger, and defines where life begins.
Alabama Representative Terri Collins, along with 66 cosponsors, introduced the bill. Seventy-four Republican House members voted to pass the bill.
Three Democrats voted against it after Democrats left the chamber in protest, Rogers did not plan to leave, and was reportedly upset that the others did. He encouraged others to stay and fight.
If HB 314 does pass the Senate and becomes law, it would not go into effect unless Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court.
Collins, has repeatedly emphasized that challenging Roe v. Wade was the purpose of the legislation. She wants the Supreme Court to re-examine if a baby in the womb is “a person” under the law. It is not only expected, but desired that the bill face legal challenge.
“At one time the Supreme Court wrongly endorsed racial segregation with the Plessy v. Ferguson ruling, but it was wise enough to later admit its error and overturn that precedent with Brown v. Board of Education,” Collins had previously said. “It is time for this court to do the same with Roe v. Wade.”
House is now debating HB314 by Rep. Collins (R) which would ban abortion.
“When I was pregnant with my first child, my grandmother went with me to have the ultrasound,” Collins also stated on the House floor as she was introducing the bill. “When we saw that little hand on the screen, we waved at it because we knew it was a person.”
“Is that baby in the womb a person? I believe our [state] law says it is, and our people say it is, and our technology says it is,” Collins said.
Rep. Rich Wingo, who was heavily involved in crafting the bill, states that his motivation came from the incredibly high number of abortions in his own home county. Tuscaloosa is the home of one of Alabama’s three abortion clinics.
“In Tuscaloosa County, there are over 3,500 abortions in that facility every year,” Wingo said. “There are more abortions in Tuscaloosa County than there are births. That’s the voice that needs to get out in Tuscaloosa.”
Jennifer Montrose, President of the Alabama Republican Assembly weighed in on the bill’s passage:
The Alabama Republican Assembly applauds the Alabama House for passing what would become the strongest abortion ban in the nation and encourages the senate to see to it that every single innocent human life is protected in this state.
Jennifer Montrose, President ALRA
The Alabama Republican Assembly applauds the Alabama House for passing what would become the strongest abortion ban in the nation and encourages the senate to see to it that every single innocent human life is protected in this state. #Prolife #HB314 #LifeMatters #alpolitics
— ALRA (@AlabamaRA) May 1, 2019