Alabama Rep: Republicans Wouldn’t Oppose Abortion if Daughter Pregnant by Black Man
As Alabama’s legislature debated implementing one of the toughest abortion restrictions in the nation, Democratic Representative Alvin Holmes used his floor time to assert that 99 percent of white people would force their daughter to have an abortion if the father was black.
“Ninety-nine percent of the all of the white people in here are going to raise their hand that they are against abortion,” Holmes said. “On the other hand, 99 percent of the whites who are sitting in here now, if their daughter got pregnant by a black man, they are going to make their daughter have an abortion.”
“Now listen, you know the truth sometimes hurts,” he went on. “She’s got two other white children, and then she’s going to have a little black baby, going to be running around there in the living room, in the den with the rest of them. They’re not going to let that happen. You know that and I know that. You will never admit it. You know that and I know that.”
“All this stuff about the abortion and this and that, all that’s just a con game,” he added. “That’s for whites; it ain’t for blacks.”
Holmes then turned to a female representative sitting nearby and asked if she would allow her child to have a mixed-race baby. When the woman replied that she would, he responded “Well, I need to commend you then. There’s not one in 100,000 that would do that.”
Despite Holmes’ accusations, the legislature did approve the bill by a 73-29 vote, banning abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected. In some cases, that can be as early as six weeks. The law, if it passes the Alabama state senate, would be one of the strictest abortion restrictions in the nation.
Of course, the law would certainly be challenged in court. North Dakota approved a similar ban in 2013 but that law has been put on hold while it is challenged in court.
Republican Representative Mary Sue McClurkin, the sponsor of the bill, compared her law to Brown vs. Board of Education. That case ended segregation in public schools, however, while her bill…doesn’t do anything similar.