- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Alabama Rep. Alvin Holmes charged Tuesday that 99 percent of his white colleagues would force their daughters to have abortions if they were impregnated by black men.

The racially charged comments came during a debate on a House bill that would ban abortions in the state after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

“Ninety-nine percent of the all of the white people in here are going to raise their hand that they are against abortion,” he said. “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. They ain’t going to let her have the baby.”

Mr. Holmes repeated the claim several times, adding, “The truth sometimes hurts,” according to a recording of his speech published by Birmingham News.


Mr. Holmes turned to an unnamed white female and asked her if she would allow her daughter to have a mixed-race baby.

When she said she’d enjoy the baby as her grandchild, the Democrat responded: “Well, I need to commend you then. There’s not one in 100,000 that would do that.”

The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, passed the state House and will move on to the Senate. If passed, the bill would tie the state with North Dakota as having the strictest abortion laws in the country.