MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — It’s up for debate who injected race into the conversation about anti-abortion legislation, but there’s no denying that people on both sides of the debate said things that others found offensive.
“We were in discussion about Mary Sue McClurkin’s bill regarding fetal heartbeats, and in debate she compares the struggle to overturn Roe v. Wade to the struggle involved in Brown v. The Board of Education, and that startled me because there’s no correlation,” State Rep. Chris England said.
Comments that followed coming from State Representative Alvin Holmes are equally controversial. He believes the majority of white people in Alabama would opt to pressure a loved one into having an abortion if it meant they would have mixed race grandchild with an African American father.
“History in the state of Alabama has shown that the mass majority of whites do not want their daughters to have babies by black men,” Rep. Holmes told CBS42.
Holmes made similar comments on the House floor Tuesday.
“The majority of the white people in the State of Alabama do not believe in interracial marriage,” Holmes added Wednesday. “The reason I said that is because I introduced the bill to take the section out of the constitution that banned interracial marriage. The majority of the white people voted against my constitutional amendment”
A number of people have asked Holmes to issue an apology, but Holmes showed no remorse for his comments when interviewed Wednesday.
“I’m not going to apologize for that. I know as well as you know and every person in the State of Alabama know that the majority of the white people in the state of Alabama are against interracial marriage,” Holmes said.
CBS42’s Mike McClanahan responded to Holmes’ assertion and noted that he disagreed.
“Well I know there are people who disagree on that,” Holmes replied. “The younger whites do not oppose it, but basically all of the older whites.”
England says race should never have been brought up during the debate, and he says both McClurkin and Holmes were out of line.
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