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May 3, 2019 / Press Releases

NARAL Condemns Alabama State Representative’s Offensive and Unacceptable Comments

AL State Rep. John Rogers’ comments have no place in public discourse

For Immediate Release: May 3, 2019
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In light of Alabama State Representative John Rogers’ comments as the Alabama House passed an extreme ban on abortion, and his latest remarks that included unacceptable slurs towards the disability community, NARAL Vice President Adrienne Kimmell issued the following statement:

“The language that Representative Rogers has used is unacceptable, offensive, and has no place in public discourse, period.

“Rep. Rogers initially expressed that his original intent was to shed light on the harmful impact of Republican policies, but unfortunately he chose to use appalling rhetoric which NARAL does not condone.

“What we must not lose sight of is the truth that still holds: that Republicans in Alabama are still hoping to pass one of the most extreme and cruel abortion bans in the countrywhich has no protections for survivors of rape and incestat a grave expense to women’s health, rights, and lives.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom.  In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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