A Texas lawmaker introduced a controversial bill that would make it legal in the state to charge women and healthcare providers with murder for an abortion, claiming the bill would force women to be "personally responsible" when it comes to sex.
Texas State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, a Republican, filed House Bill 948, also known as the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act, on Jan. 11, reports KTVT. Tinderholt's bill would ban abortions at any stage and make all abortions illegal, even if they are protected by federal laws and regulations.
"Right now, it's real easy," Tinderholt told the Texas Observer of his law. "Right now, they don’t 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 don't always think smartly sometimes, but consenting adults need to also consider the repercussions of the sexual relationship that they're going to have, which is a child."
Tinderholt added that women would have fewer pregnancies "when they know that there's repercussions."
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Tinderholt's law makes no exceptions for rape or incest. The Texas lawmaker said that this is because all children are created in God's image.
"I don't think that there should be any exceptions to murder, no matter what," he added. "So, if this child was out of the womb and it was a child that was born out of rape or incest, no one would be OK with killing a child. I look at it like that child is a child in the womb, just like it's out."
The controversial bill has drawn the ire of Democrats and women's health advocates who say lawmakers should not make medical decisions.
"That is so ignorant to think … that women are somehow irresponsibly deciding that they're going to go ahead and get pregnant because it’s so easy to get an abortion..." said Democratic State Rep. Donna Howard. "…And for the legislature to insert themselves in these decisions … It's just baffling to me that he could have that lack of compassion and understanding for fellow Texans."