Thursday, April 11, 2019

Texas lawmakers seek death penalty for abortion

Texas lawmakers worked well into Tuesday morning as they listened to hundreds of Texans testify in support of a bill that would criminalize abortion and threaten the death penalty to any woman who undergoes the procedure, reported the Huffington Post.
In total 446 people testified in support of the “Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act,” or House Bill 896, which aims to outlaw all abortions “regardless of any contrary federal law, executive order, or court decision.” State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R) introduced the bill in 2017, which would define abortion as murder which is punishable by death in the state of Texas. 
“God’s word says, ‘He who sheds man’s blood, by man ― the civil government ― his blood will be shed,’” Sonya Gonnella, a supporter of the bill, testified in the hearing before the Texas House’s Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence on Monday. 
After quoting the Book of Genesis, Gonella implored the committee to “repent with us” by passing the proposed legislation. 
Lawmakers in the hearing, which wrapped around 3 a.m. on Tuesday, also heard from people opposed to the bill. In total 54 Texans, including women’s advocates and legal experts, testified against the bill, according to the Washington Post
Supporters of the bill gathered in Texas Capitol Rotunda ahead of the hearing on Monday night, chanting “abolish abortion” and “equal protection for all.” 
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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Defying Federal law based on a religious belief is ridiculous. It is fine to be faithful, but that cannot justify legal reasoning-- especially in the case of someone's life. If abortion is murder, then why are they murdering people for it? If they want the religious viewpoint, take John 3:16 for example. "For God so loved the world, he gave his only begotten son, for those who believe in him shall not parish, but have everlasting life." The only person that can judge your life is the divine, so why are we taking matters into our own hands and condemning (killing) people for things we don't personally agree with? -Hannah

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