Alabama Sen. Doug Jones (D) tweeted a video message Monday night in which he referred to pro-life lawmakers in his state as “so extreme and so callous” for approving a bill that would make most abortions illegal.
Using the language of the abortion industry, Jones referred to abortion as “health care” and said the Human Life Protection Act, HB 314, is “draconian”:
Last week, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill threatening a woman's ability to make her own health care choices. Doug wanted to take a moment to share a few thoughts on why we have to stand united against this extreme attack on women's rights: pic.twitter.com/ohRH0cU5PQ
— Doug Jones HQ (@DougJonesHQ) May 14, 2019
Alabama State Rep. John Rogers, a Democrat, also condemned the legislation and created a firestorm as he did so, saying during debate on the bill:
Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later. 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.
“He called me twice,” Rogers said, describing the phone call. “He told me, ‘John, I know you’re right, but I have to come out against you.’ I said, ‘OK, fine, if it’s going to help your campaign, do that.’ That’s the kind of guy I am.”
Rogers was referring to Jones’ campaign to keep his U.S. Senate seat.
In his video message, Jones echoed the words of Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates in raising the subject of Rogers’ “kill them now or you kill them later” remarks.
Jones said, “Because of the controversy surrounding comments made by State Rep. John Rogers, the actual content of the bill has been largely overlooked.”
Similarly, Staci Fox, president of Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates, referred to Rogers’ remarks as “reprehensible,” but then added, “they are a complete distraction from the real work still left to be done in this state.”
“Now we face an outright abortion ban that would be a death sentence for even more Alabama women,” Fox said.
However, at the recent pro-life rally in Philadelphia to protest the bullying of pro-life protesters by Democrat State Rep. Brian Sims, OB-GYN Dr. Monique Ruberu said that, while abortion wounds women in various ways, it is the unborn who always have a death sentence.
“Abortion is never safe,” Ruberu said. “At least one person is guaranteed to die. The other is left wounded, at best.”
The Alabama bill would make most abortions illegal, except cases in which “abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.”