Anti-abortion lawmakers in Texas are working to pass a new bill that would make women who legally obtained abortions culpable of murder, a crime that can be punished with the death penalty under Texas law.
The new legislation is authored by Republican State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, a self-proclaimed family man who has been married five times. According to Tinderholt, threatening women with the death penalty is the only way to make them “more personally responsible” and ensure “equal protection” of life inside and “outside the womb.”
In what is believed to be the first hearing of its kind, on Monday and Tuesday lawmakers listened to public testimony from advocates for the extreme proposal during a marathon hearing before the Texas House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence.
“God’s word says, ‘He who sheds man’s blood, by man — the civil government — his blood will be shed,’” declared Sonya Gonnella, one of hundreds of anti-abortion advocates to testify during the hearing.
One Democrat in attendance, State Rep. Victoria Neave, decried the logic of so-called “pro-life” activists who were willing to charge women with the death penalty over an abortion.
“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,” said Neave.
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