Texas Republicans want to overturn Roe v Wade so badly they're willing to outright criminalize abortion procedures in the state and subject both medical professionals and women choosing to end their pregnancy to the death penalty, because nothing says "pro-life" like capital punishment.
House Bill 896 would criminalize abortion and classify it as a homicide. Women who have abortions could be sentenced to the death penalty.
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.
The hearing in the House Judiciary Committee wrapped up at 3 a.m. Tuesday.
The bill now goes before the full Texas House for debate.
As soon as Roe is struck down by the Roberts Court, this will become law in several red states. And ladies in red states? If you conceive, you will bear the child or die. And the best part is in a state that already has one of the highest maternal death rates in the country, higher than several "third-world" nations, criminalizing abortion is a death sentence anyway.
The road to Gilead is paved with Republicans "equalizing the law".