WASHINGTON A Republican lawmaker in Texas who proposed a bill that would criminalize abortionsaid the policy would force women to be more personally responsible for their sexual behavior.
Right now, its real easy, State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R) told the Texas Observer. Right now, they dont make it important to be personally responsible because they know that they have a backup of oh, I can just go get an abortion. Now, we both know that consenting adults dont always think smartly sometimes. But consenting adults need to also consider the repercussions of the sexual relationship that theyre gonna have, which is a child.
Tinderholts bill, the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act,would ban abortion at every stage of pregnancy and amend the states penal code to allow women and providers to be charged with murder for the procedure. The bill has no exceptions for rape or incest, because Tinderhold said he doesnt think there should be any exceptions to murder, no matter what.
Although Texas Republicans recently declared it a priorityto abolish abortion in the state, criminalizing the procedure would be blatantly unconstitutional. The Supreme Court decided in 1973 that women have a right to a safe and legal abortion up until the fetus would be viable outside the womb, and last year the high court struck down a pair of abortion restrictions in Texas that made it more difficult for women to access the procedure.
Its unclear whether Texas state legislature will take up Tinderholts bill, which he introduced last week.But he told the Observerthat he and his family have already been receiving death threats since he filed it.