American Taliban: Legislation criminalizing abortion and classifying abortion as criminal homicide punishable by death has been advanced out of committee by so-called “pro-life” Texas lawmakers.
The legislation, House Bill 896, also known as the Abolition of Abortion Act, was introduced by Republican state Rep. Tony Tinderholt.
Fox News reports:
House Bill 896 would criminalize abortion and classify it as a homicide. Women who have abortions could be sentenced to the death penalty.
The bill alters Texas’ penal code, eliminating the exception for abortions from the definition of criminal homicide. Therefore, everyone involved in providing abortion care — from physicians and nurses to patients seeking this type of care — would face murder charges. HB896 makes no exceptions for rape, incest, or cases where the women’s life is in danger.
The Austin Chronicle reports:
House Bill 896 by Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, dispenses with any pretense of respecting the constitutional right to abortion by completely prohibiting the medical procedure “regardless of any contrary federal law, executive order, or court decision.” Tinderholt’s bill affords an embryo at the “moment of fertilization on fusion of a human spermatozoon with a human ovum” with the “same rights, powers, and privileges” as a “human child.” A woman that undergoes abortion and a doctor that performs the procedure could both be held liable for murder, under Tinderholt’s bill.
The legislation was passed by the Texas House Judiciary Committee earlier this week and will now go before the full Texas House for debate.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Tony Tinderholt, in an attempt to justify the draconian and absurd legislation, explained:
I think it’s important to remember that if a drunk driver kills a pregnant woman, they get charged twice. If you murder a pregnant woman, you get charged twice. So I’m not specifically criminalizing women. What I’m doing is equalizing the law.
However, Texas State Rep. Victoria Neave, a Democrat, questioned how the supporters of the bill, who consider themselves pro-life, could rally behind the notion of the death penalty:
I’m trying to reconcile in my head the arguments that I heard tonight about how essentially one is okay with subjecting a woman to the death penalty for the exact — to do to her the exact same thing that one is alleging she is doing to a child.
Neave is right. Indeed, the absurdity of claiming to be “pro-life” while threatening women with the death penalty would be laughable if the stakes were not so high.
In short, new Texas legislation would criminalize all abortion, and in so doing classify abortion as criminal homicide punishable by death; and would make no exception for rape, incest, or cases where the women’s life is in danger.
Bottom line: The Republican War on Women continues.