Representative John Rogers addresses controversial comments

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama representative John Rogers has made some controversial comments about abortion recently. Monday, he went on a local radio show to address those comments.

Rogers (D-Birmingham) appeared on the Matt & Aunie show on Talk 99.5 to talk about comments that have drawn criticism from around the country. Rogers was expressing his views on abortion recently when he said, “Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or kill them later.” He’s not backing down from those comments. 

“I said it, and I stand by it, and I can defend my stance,” he said. “And I was explaining the fact that they wanted to know why Alabama is pro-birth and not pro-life.”

Rogers further explained his view by saying that Alabama has a bad record for child care and that certain other policies also hurt people’s chances of success in life.

“Death is death. How you kill them, when you kill them is important,” he said. “So if you’re going to bring a child here, at least give them a chance to succeed and be happy in life.”

Though he’s standing by one set of comments, he apologized for another. Rogers used offensive language directed toward Donald Trump, Jr. He said he knows several children and adults with learning disabilities and needs to apologize to them.

“I love them to death,” he said. “Those are good kids, and they love me unconditionally. And I promised them I would (apologize). I was wrong using that term.”

Among those who have criticized Rogers for his comments on abortion are U.S. Senator Doug Jones, a fellow Democrat. Rogers says Jones called him hollering and shouting about the comments.

“He had no right to holler at me, telling me something that I should apologize for something,” Rogers said. “I’ll apologize when I want to apologize for what I want to apologize for. He had no right to tell me that.”

Rogers says some people are now asking him to run against Jones for his Senate seat. He says he would have to raise a certain amount of money before he does that. 

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