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It’s safe to say that the already controversial issue of abortion just became more divisive.
A Republican state lawmaker in Texas has introduced legislation that takes a very hard-line stance on abortion, even to the point of charging women with homicide and permitting the death penalty if they have the procedure.
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“House Bill 948 would ban and criminalize abortions at any stage, direct state officials to ignore ‘any conflicting federal’ laws, and would no longer exempt pregnancies as a result of rape, incest or fetal abnormalities,” The Texas Observer reported.
That’s a very rigid stance already, but the proposed legislation goes even further.
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“The bill would remove the exception for abortion in the state’s penal code for criminal homicide, meaning that women and providers could face charges as serious as murder for the procedure,” the outlet continued.
State Rep. Tony Tinderholt of Arlington had introduced the legislation before but soon faced a major backlash. He and his family needed police protection back in 2017 after receiving multiple death threats for a similar proposal to severely criminalize abortions, according to The Texas Tribune.
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This time around, the bill is still triggering a fiery response from both sides of the political aisle. Earlier this week, the first public hearing for the legislation took place in a Texas House committee attended by hundreds of people.
“In all, 446 witnesses registered their approval for the bill. Mainly representing faith groups and local arms of the GOP,” The Washington Post reported.
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Fifty-four people also showed up to speak in opposition to the measure.
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