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Texas women who get abortions would lose voting rights if Republican lawmaker has his way

Posted by on Jan. 18, 2017 at 5:10 PM
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Texas women who get abortions would lose voting rights if Republican lawmaker has his way

             

Texas Rep. Tony Tinderholt (Facebook)

Access to reproductive healthcare and rights has been increasingly under fire since President-elect Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory. In the two months since the election, federal and state lawmakers across the country have introduced aggressive anti-abortion bills.

The Texas GOP opened its new session in mid-November with a bill that would force people to bury or cremate fetal remains. On Wednesday, legislators took the war on reproductive rights a step further.

Republican Rep. Tony Tinderholt introduced a bill titled “Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act,” which would both ban and criminalize the procedure altogether by making abortion — and the provision of the procedure — a felony.

The bill recognizes “the rights, powers, and privileges of all unborn children at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth,” and categorizes the fetus as a “living human child.”

In turn, abortion would be treated as a criminal homicide, except in cases where the individual’s life is at risk due to complications during pregnancy. This also means that anyone who has an abortion or provides the procedure could face felony charges and lose their right to vote.

The proposed bill would be at odds with the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling and seems unlikely to pass. University of Texas law professor Sanford Levinson told the Texas Observer, “This is a latter-day attempt at nullification of federal law or Supreme Court decisions, and it’s not going to work. Period.”

Levinson added, “There is simply no doubt whatsoever that it is unconstitutional under current law.” However, that it was introduced in the first place is telling of the fight ahead for basic reproductive rights and the Texas GOP has made their platform very clear.

In their agenda for the new session, the Republican Party of Texas stated that abolishing abortion and “stopping the murder of unborn children” are among their priorities.

Legislators and organizations advocating for reproductive freedom are bracing themselves for the work ahead under the Trump administration. There are already at least 46 anti-abortion bills facing state legislatures at this time.

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Pema_Jampa
by Ruby Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 5:33 PM
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Texas Bill Would Make Abortions Felony-Level Crimes

House Bill 948 would call on officials to ignore "conflicting" federal laws regarding the issue.

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A Republican state lawmaker in Texas has introduced a bill that would criminalize abortions.

House Bill 948 would mandate that the state attorney general's office ignore "any contrary or conflicting federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, or court decisions" and treat the procedure as a felony except in cases where the mother's life was threatened because of pregnancy complications. Abortion was legalized federally in 1973 following the Supreme Court's decision in Roe vs. Wade.

The bill defines a fetus as a "living human child" from the moment of conception and removes provisions under state law exempting women and abortion providers from being prosecuted for criminal homicide.

The measure's sponsor, state Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R) said in a statement on 12 January 2017 that the bill "answers [the] call" set forth by his state party when they stated their intent to abolish abortion during their 2016 state convention:

Since my first day in office, I’ve stated life begins at conception. Facts and science are on my side. I’ve defended innocent life my entire career and am honored to continue that fight with the filing of HB 948.

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas executive director Heather Busby called Tinderholt's proposal "the most extreme measure" her group had seen in the state legislature in a response:

It takes away a pregnant person’s legal rights and could open up to investigation and prosecution of anyone who has a miscarriage or who seeks an abortion. When politicians criminalize safe medical procedures, they put patients’ health and safety at risk.

In June 2016, the Supreme Court struck down a provision in another Texas law, House Bill 2, requiring abortion providers to have admission privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their facility.

jomami
by Bronze Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 6:28 PM

This is absurd!  This country has gone mad.

MyMyOhMy
by Gold Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 7:14 PM

'nuff whining. Start the year right by getting out and protesting:

https://www.womensmarch.com/sisters


HelenBach
by Silver Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 7:25 PM
Jeeze. This is insanity.
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