Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones reportedly agreed with state Rep. John Rogers’ controversial abortion comments during a private phone call, despite condemning what Rogers said publicly, Rogers said in a radio interview.

Rogers has stirred up controversy for framing Alabama’s abortion ban debate by saying “kill them now or kill them later” in reference to “unwanted” kids.

From the Washington Examiner:

“He called me twice. He told me, ‘Doug, John, I know you’re right but I got to come out against you.’ I said, ‘Okay.’ I said, ‘Fine, if it’s going to help your campaign, do that,'” Rogers, a Democrat, said in an interview with Birmingham’s Talk 99.5 on Monday.

The host of the show later asked Rogers to confirm that Jones agreed with his abortion comments.

“This is my take away so far, that a sitting United States senator called you and said that they agreed with you, but politically he had to step out publicly against you?” the host asked.

Rogers responded, “Yeah. Right.”

The reported phone conversation is notably different in tone than Jones’ public statement on Rogers’ comments.

“The rhetoric of Rep. John Rogers gets more appalling each time he speaks,” Jones wrote last week on Twitter. “He does not speak for the people of Alabama and is in fact offending all Alabamians with his crude and reprehensible comments.”

Jones contradicted Rogers’ recounting of their phone call. Jones used to be Rogers’ personal attorney.

“Look, we are just going to have to agree to disagree on this. I made my position clear,” Jones told the Washington Examiner. “I thought his remarks were appalling, and I told him that I strongly disagreed with him. There is already too much division in our politics, and I won’t add to it here. With that, that’s all I’m going to say on this matter.”

Rogers has defended abortion by saying you can kill unwanted children now or later, and suggesting that Donald Trump Jr.’s life is a good defense of abortion and that Trump Jr. should’ve been aborted.

Jones won his Senate seat in deep-red Alabama in a 2017 special election as a result of the controversy surrounding Republican opponent Roy Moore, who was accused of pursuing teenage women as an adult.

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