An African-American state representative in Alabama is feeling some heat after his remarks during debate on a pro-life measure that criminalizes abortion.
On a near-unanimous vote (74-3), the Alabama House on Tuesday passed a bill that would make it a Class A felony for a physician to perform an abortion at any stage of a woman's pregnancy – and a Class C felony for attempting to perform an abortion unless there's a serious health risk to the mother. Under HB314, an abortionist could face a maximum life prison sentence. The mother of the child would be exempt.
Democratic Representative John Rogers (pictured) offered these comments during debate:
Rogers: "I'm not about to tell a woman what to do with her body. She has the right to make the decision herself. Some kids are unwanted – so we kill them now or kill them later. You bring them in the world unwanted and unloved, you send them to the electric chair. You kill them now, you kill them later – but the bottom line is that I think we shouldn't be making this decision." (See video)
Rev. Clenard Childress, vice-president of the pro-life group L.E.A.R.N., acknowledges that some children are born into poverty and some become criminals. But aborting a child still in the womb, he argues, doesn't give him or her a chance at defeating poverty or criminal influences.
"For [Rogers] to make the comment that every unwanted child would wind up being executed by the government is completely a eugenics ideology of more of the fit and less of the unfit," Childress tells OneNewsNow – adding that such an ideology is "as racist as it comes."
Evangelist Dr. Alveda King directs the Civil Rights for the Unborn division of Priests for Life. Like Childress, she says Rogers' comments are nothing more than eugenics.
"It's remindful of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, who said Colored people are like weeds, but we don't want the word to get out that we want to exterminate them. Let's cultivate some of their leaders." And that is exactly what they did, she adds.
King points out an obvious fact: if people of any race want to succeed, they must first be born. "If we have a society where children are welcomed into the world, allowed to be born, and given every opportunity equally – regardless of skin color or socio-economic conditions – then they'll come out just fine," she maintains.
King points to a statement made by her uncle, the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
"The Negro cannot win if he's willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety."
Representative Rogers, she says, was calling for exactly such a sacrifice in his statement.