John Rogers (Alabama politician)
|Member of the Alabama House of Representatives|
from the 52nd district
|Assumed office |
|Born||December 16, 1940|
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
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.
Rogers opposes abortion but represents a pro-choice district and votes accordingly.
Abortion comments controversy
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.”
Rogers' comments were widely decried in the media, by conservative pundits, and by the Alabama House Democratic Caucus. 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.
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. Rogers later apologized for using the word "retarded" in his criticism of Trump Jr.
- Brandon Moseley (2019-05-01). "Near-total abortion ban passes the House of Representatives". Alabama Political Reporter. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
- 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.
- Koplowitz, Howard (2019-05-03). "Rep. John Rogers calls Donald Trump Jr. the 'r' word". The Birmingham News.
- Johnson, Roy (2019-05-06). "John Rogers on his mistake and how Doug Jones 'hollered;' the senator responds". The Birmingham News.
- Dunleavy, Jerry (2019-05-03). "'Alabama Democrat says Donald Trump Jr's Mother Should've Aborted Him'". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2019-05-03.