Texas Lawmaker: Jail Time For Abortions Would Make Women 'More Personally Responsible' For Sex

Texas Lawmaker: Jail Time For Abortions Would Make Women 'More Personally Responsible' For Sex


a bill that would criminalize abortion said the policy would force women to be “more personally responsible” for their sexual behavior. 

“Right now, it’s real easy,” State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R) told the Texas Observer. “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 gonna have, which is a child.” 

Tinderholt’s bill, the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act, would ban abortion at every stage of pregnancy and amend the state’s 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 doesn’t think “there should be any exceptions to murder, no matter what.” 

Although Texas Republicans recently declared it a priority to 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. 

It’s unclear whether Texas’ state legislature will take up Tinderholt’s bill, which he introduced last week. But he told the Observer that he and his family have already been receiving death threats since he filed it. 



Add Comment

all comments

  Other news

more
Coins thrown into plane engine by elderly passenger for 'luck'

Coins thrown into plane engine by elderly passenger for 'luck'..

27-Jun, 16:36

A superstitious elderly passenger delayed a flight in Shanghai after...

Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond dies

Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond dies..

28-Jun, 08:43

Michael Bond, the creator of beloved children's character Paddington...

India Mumbai blasts convict dies of heart attack

India Mumbai blasts convict dies of heart attack..

28-Jun, 07:42

A man convicted of involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts has died of a...

Queen's Speech: Labour to force vote on public pay cap

Queen's Speech: Labour to force vote on public pay cap..

28-Jun, 02:54

Pay rises for five million public sector workers have effectively been...

Trump's gyrations on NAFTA cause a flurry of head-scratching

Trump's gyrations on NAFTA cause a flurry of head-scratching..

27-Apr, 18:48

President Donald Trump campaigned on an "America First" trade policy of...

North Korea accuses US, South Korea of assassination attempt

North Korea accuses US, South Korea of assassination attempt..

05-May, 08:16

North Korea on Friday accused the U.S. and South Korean spy agencies of...

FBI deflects House Oversight Committee's request for documents

FBI deflects House Oversight Committee's request for documents..

25-May, 17:08

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is renewing...

Fitbit tracks your steps; now it wants to chart your Zs, too

Fitbit tracks your steps; now it wants to chart your Zs, too..

06-Mar, 09:05

Fitbit, whose devices encourage people to walk 10,000 steps each day, now...