Texas lawmaker Tony Tinderholt-R proposed a bill that would make abortion a criminal offense. Tinderholt suggested 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 (women) 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 any stage of pregnancy. Additionally, it would amend the state’s penal code to allow women and providers to be charged with murder for the procedure. A spokesman for Tinderholt said that men who are involved in their sexual partners’ abortions could “absolutely” face the same charges under the proposed law. 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.”
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.
In regard to Tinderholt’s comments about it being “real easy” to obtain an abortion, Texas already has major abortion restrictions in place, including a 24-hour wait period after a mandatory counseling session that often includes misleading information, as well as a 20-week abortion ban.