An Alabama state lawmaker is taking heat for bizarre comments he made in advance of a bill that will criminalize nearly all abortions in the state.
The measure passed with a 74-3 vote in the state’s GOP-led House on Tuesday but not before several Democrats, including state Rep. John Rogers, voiced their opposition, according to the Daily Wire.
“I’m not about to … tell a woman what to do with her body. She has the right to make that decision herself,” Rogers said. “Some kids are unwanted. So you kill them now or you kill them later. You bring them into the world unwanted, unloved — you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or kill them later.”
Then the 78-year-old Birmingham pol made a suggestion.
“I may bring a bill to force all men to have vasectomies,” he said, according to the Alabama Political Reporter. “That would end this whole debate. There would be no more abortions and eventually no more voters.”
The measure — which would make it a felony to perform an abortion at any stage of pregnancy — will now advance to the state Senate. The sole exception is when there’s a serious risk to the mother’s health.
House Republicans also voted down Democrats’ attempt to amend the bill to add an exemption for rape and incest. The representatives voted 72-26 to table the proposed amendment.
Some Democrats walked out before the vote was held.
Donald Trump Jr. called Rogers’ comments “stomach curling.”
“Every Democrat running for President needs to be asked where they stand on this,” the president’s eldest son tweeted. “The extreme turn we’ve seen from Dems on abortion recently is truly sickening.”
With Post wires
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