John Rogers (Alabama politician)

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John Rogers
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
from the 52nd district
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1940-12-16) December 16, 1940 (age 80)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

John W. Rogers Jr. (born December 16, 1940) is an American politician from the state of Alabama. A member of the Democratic Party, Rogers serves in the Alabama House of Representatives, representing the 52nd district.[1][2]

Rogers has a bachelor's degree from Tennessee State University, a master's degree from the University of Alabama, and an associate's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Political positions[edit]

Rogers opposes abortion but represents a pro-choice district and votes accordingly.

Abortion comments controversy[edit]

On May 1, 2019 Rogers states, during a filibuster in opposition to a bill, designed as a challenge to Roe v. Wade, that would make performing or attempting to perform an abortion in Alabama a felony:

“Some children are just unwanted. You either kill them now or you kill them later in the electric chair.”

“Some parents can’t handle a child with problems. It could be retarded. It might have no arms and no legs.”[3]

Rogers' comments were widely decried in the media, by conservative pundits, and by the Alabama House Democratic Caucus.[4][5] Senator Doug Jones, a friend of Rogers', called him to let him know that the comments were hurtful and that he would condemn them publicly.[6]

Also criticised by Donald Trump Jr, Rogers stated the following day, May 2, 2019, that he should have been aborted and that there was something mentally wrong with him.[7] Rogers later apologized for using the word "retarded" in his criticism of Trump Jr.[6]


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  3. ^ Brandon Moseley (2019-05-01). "Near-total abortion ban passes the House of Representatives". Alabama Political Reporter. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  4. ^ Palmer, Ewan (2019-05-02). "'Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later' Alabama Rep. Criticized over Abortion Ban Remarks". Newsweek. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  5. ^ Koplowitz, Howard (2019-05-03). "Rep. John Rogers calls Donald Trump Jr. the 'r' word". The Birmingham News.
  6. ^ a b Johnson, Roy (2019-05-06). "John Rogers on his mistake and how Doug Jones 'hollered;' the senator responds". The Birmingham News.
  7. ^ Dunleavy, Jerry (2019-05-03). "'Alabama Democrat says Donald Trump Jr's Mother Should've Aborted Him'". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2019-05-03.

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