Alabama Lawmaker Doubles Down on Abortion Comments

Facing a growing controversy for inflammatory comments about abortion, state Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham) Thursday refused to apologize. "We closed 13 rural hospitals in this state, and Cooper Green," Rogers explained. "We have hundreds of people, and make it hard for you to get food stamps."

Rogers, 78 is facing bipartisan condemnation for remarks during the floor debate over a bill restricting abortion. Rogers, who opposed the bill, said: "Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or kill them later."

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan called the comments "stunningly abhorrent and callous." Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) says Rogers remarks are "outrageous," and called on him to apologize. Donald Trump Jr. called Rogers' comments "stomach curling" and "sickening." Asked for a response, Rogers hurled insults: "That woman (Trump's mother) should have aborted him," Rogers said. "He's evidently retarded, or crazy."

Rogers faced a new wave of criticism for that statement. "Now, instead of realizing he was wrong and doing the right thing, Representative Rogers is doubling down on his outrageous statements and making horrific remarks about Donald Trump, Jr.," Lathan said. "The Alabama Republican Party is encouraging Alabamians to call Representative Rogers' office and demand an apology or retraction of his insensitive and cruel words. This man is employed by the taxpayers. The number is (334) 261-0387."

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