Thursday afternoon, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) offered a statement to Yellowhammer News regarding the remarks made by State Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham) during a debate over House Bill 314, which would criminalize abortion in Alabama.
“So you kill them now or you kill them later,” Rogers said on the bill that passed by an overwhelming 74-3 margin. “You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later.”
Jones called it “outrageous” and called on the Birmingham Democrat to apologize to the people of Alabama and the legislature.
“I thought it was outrageous. I was absolutely appalled,” Jones stated. “I didn’t see that until this morning. I have known Representative Rogers for a long, long time. I think he owes an apology to the people of the state. I think he owes an apology to members of the legislature. That is one of the problems with discussing these types of issues, people get emotional and people tend not to respect each other’s opinions as much, and you end up with comments like this. It is very, very unfortunate and I condemn it in the strongest possible terms.”