Lawmaker Accuses Republicans of Secretly Wanting to Abort Biracial Babies

An Alabama state politician raises eyebrows by making racist comments at an abortion debate.

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Mar 6, 2014· 1 MIN READ
Environment and wildlife intern Adam Andrus has written for Mongabay.com and recently graduated from San Diego State.

After Alabama lawmakers passed four antiabortion bills this week, one African American Democrat turned to an unusual form of race-baiting, telling his white Republican colleagues that they'd feel differently about the procedure if their daughters were pregnant with a black man's baby.

Wait, what?

“Ninety-nine percent of all of the white people in here are going to raise their hand that they are against abortion,” state Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery, said on the floor, as recorded by AL.com. “On the other hand, 99 percent of the whites who are sitting here now, if their daughters got pregnant by the black man, they are going to make their daughter have an abortion.”

The topic turned to race soon after Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, R–Indiana Springs, the author of one antiabortion bill, compared her legislation to Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that desegregated public schools by ruling that separate is not equal. The 1954 ruling resulted in social tumult in Alabama and other Southern states and is believed to have helped usher in the civil rights movement.

According to Slate, McClurkin, when asked if she was worried about potential court challenges regarding her abortion bill, remarked, “I’m not really concerned about the challenges. We’ve had challenges before. We wouldn’t have some of the things we have now if it hadn’t been for Brown v. Board of Education.”

Holmes’ comments come at a time when having an abortion in Alabama is nearly impossible and low-income black women are struggling to find access to family planning clinics.

The Alabama Department of Public Health, at the behest of pro-life organizations, issued a closure order in 2012 demanding the closure of the New Women All Women abortion clinic in Birmingham, one of the last clinics in the state. That happened this week.

According to The Raw Story, Holmes turned to McClurkin and asked if she’d allow her daughter to have a mixed-race baby.

“Yes, I would,” she replied. “I would let it run around in my living room and enjoy it as my grandchild.”

“Well, I need to commend you then,” Holmes said. “There’s not one in 100,000 that would do that.”