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The Republican legislator proposes the death penalty as an option for Texas women who receive abortions



In Texas, an anti-abortion law, if passed, would give women who receive abortions the opportunity to be charged with murder and receive the death penalty. And on Tuesday, this bill was the subject of a public hearing in Austin (the state capital). Introduced in 2017 by Texas State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (a far-right Republican from Arlington), Texas House Bill 896 calls for the nationwide criminalization of abortion and is driven by Christian law. However, it is not yet up for vote, and even some of the Tinderholt Republicans believe it goes too far by demanding homicide orders for women who have abortions. For example, Texas MP Jeff Leach seemed reluctant to bring the bill to a full vote at the Texas House. And the Texas Alliance for Life, an anti-abortion group, has spoken out against the Texas House Bill 896.

Supporters of the law ̵

1; including Jim Baxa (president of West Texans for Life) and Christian fundamentalist Stephen Bratton – do not consider it extreme. Baxa defended the Texas House Bill 896 and stated, "A woman who has committed murder should be charged with murder." And Bratton declared, "He who authorizes or commits murder is guilty." It is not a large majority. The GOP controls 83 seats in the Texas House's 150 seats, while Democrats hold 67 seats. And in the Texas State Senate (which has a total of 31 seats), the Republicans outnumber the Democrats by seven seats.

The Texas ACLU was openly pronounced the bill stressing that it would be deemed unconstitutional if passed. To be sure, the law would be a violation of Roe v. Wade – the decision of the US Supreme Court of 1973, which legalized abortion in all 50 states. The future of Roe v. Wade is in doubt that President Donald Trump has added two right-wing extremists – first Neil Gorsuch in 2017, then Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 – to the Supreme Court. End Roe v. Wade would not be a nationwide criminalization of abortion, but it would allow individual states to enact nationwide abortion prohibitions.


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