Editorial: "Time and a Place"

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Earlier this week the Alabama House of Representatives passed four Republican pro-life anti-abortion bills that have now moved to the Senate for passage.  The bills, each separate, focused on specific and different reasons when an abortion would be banned.

Any debate on the topic of abortion is heated and in this case lasted for some six hours before moving to a vote.  But, in the heat of the debate where the men and women who we've voted into office should be presenting thoughtful arguments, Democratic State Representative Alvin Holmes provided the following,

"If you asked the people in here now to raise their hands, of those who are against abortion, 99% of all of the white people in here gonna raise their hand that they are against abortion … On the other hand, 99% of the whites that are sitting in here now, if they daughter got pregnant by a black man, they gonna make their daughter have an abortion. They ain't gonna let her have the baby. You know, the truth sometimes hurts … "

Introducing that racially charged statement into this week's abortion debate served no purpose other than to just insert race into the debate. There's a time and place for discussions that include race, this wasn't one of them and we ask Representative Holmes to be more mindful of this in the future.

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