Texas lawmakers are proposing to consider the death penalty for women who get an abortion.
FOX 5 DC reports if House Bill 896 passes, it would criminalize abortion and classify it as a homicide. This puts women who consider the procedure at risk because they could be sentenced to the death penalty. State Rep. Tony Tinderholt compared abortion to a drunk driver killing a pregnant woman and said he’s not branding women as criminals.
“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,”
State Rep. Victoria Neave argued that the proposed law would not solve any issues when trying to criminalize abortions.
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,”
The law will be under review by the Texas House for further deliberation.