Alabama Rep. Rogers: Abortion Should Be Legal Because “[The Baby] Could Be Retarded”

| May 8, 2019

Recently, one of the biggest and best pro-life bills in the country passed in Alabama. While the bill passed by a very strong margin, the debate was very forceful at times. The part of the debate that is making waves is a horrendous comment by Democratic Representative John Rogers. Rogers got up to the stage and started yelling about how “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.” Rogers then went on to defend abortion on the grounds that “Some parents can’t handle a child with problems. It could be retarded. It might have no arms and no legs.” My first reaction is that this is even worse than Northam’s comments. I thought the word “retarded” was politically incorrect and could not be said. Now, Rogers is using the word to identify those who he would have killed. This is absolutely one of the most awful and offensive things said by a politician in the United States. It is a shocking new low for a movement that is breaking new ground in its depravity and anti-human rhetoric. I really do not understand their interest in killing people who are different just because they are different. And it is abundantly clear from the words that Rogers used. He used the world “kill”. Rogers recognizes that abortion kills a human being. The thing is he’s okay with that as long as it’s the “right” kind of person to be killed. That is probably the most horrific part. Rogers recognizes the preborn as human. His issue is not with biology. His issue is that he does not respect life, any of it. Based on this statement, he believes life is something that is negotiable, and that some people who were created a certain way are not entitled to that right based on the way they look or function. This type of discriminatory rhetoric should never be accepted from our politicians, and we need to demand better.