A Texas Bill Would Make Abortion Punishable by Death Penalty

Texas lawmakers are considering a bill, called the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act or House Bill 896, that would ban all abortion in the state as well as charge women who have abortions with homicide, a crime punishable by death penalty in the state of Texas. The bill was granted its first committee hearing in the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence earlier this week. The proposed legislation criminalizes abortions, giving no exceptions for rape or incest and blatantly violating the Roe v. Wade decision, which outlawed criminalizing abortion. In addition to making no exceptions, the act also directs authorities to ignore any conflicting federal laws. The bill has received backlash from both pro-choice and anti-abortion groups. “I am absolutely appalled by any proposal that would suggest prosecuting a woman for seeking an abortion or obtaining an abortion,” said Catherine Glenn Foster, president of the anti-abortion group Americans United for Life. “My bill simply accomplishes one goal,” said Rep. Tony Tinderholt, a Republican state legislator who introduced the bill. “It brings equal treatment for unborn human beings under the law.” However, Democrats on the committee have criticized the hypocrisy of the bill’s provisions. “I’m trying to reconcile in […]

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