The State of Alabama is considering a Republican-sponsored bill that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat was detected.
"If your heart is beating, that means you are alive," said Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, who wrote the bill.
Alabama State Rep. Alvin Holmes, Democrat, told Republican lawmakers yesterday that they would oppose the bill if their daughters were carrying black babies, noted AL.com (audio below).
McClurkin compared her proposed law to the Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned segregation.
In response, Holmes, who is black, fired back, “Ninety-nine percent of the all of the white people in here are going to raise their hand that they are against abortion."
"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," added Holmes. "They ain’t going to let her have the baby.”
Despite Holmes' and other Democrats' objections, the bill passed yesterday by a 73-29 vote, reports Reuters.
Holmes recalled that a woman who opposed abortion wanted her daughter to have an abortion because the father was a black man.
However, McClurkin said she would allow her daughter to have a biracial child and "let it run around in my living room and enjoy it as my grandchild."