Texas lawmakers consider death penalty for women who get an abortion

AUSTIN, Texas (WTVO) - Lawmakers in Texas are considering a bill that would criminalize abortion and make it a homicide. Under the bill, women who have abortions could be sentenced to the death penalty, according to WFLD.

"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 that she is doing to a child,” said State Rep. Victoria Neave, a Democrat from Dallas.

“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,” said State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, a Republican from Arlington.

House Bill 896 now heads to the full Texas House.

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