In a move that does not even surprise me any more, another holy roller in the Texas legislature has introduced another anti-abortion bill. This one is just slightly more extreme than the last zillion to come out of the Lone Braincell Capitol.

Yet another white male has penned yet another piece of legislation regarding a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body. Except this bill makes any abortion, at any time and any stage, illegal. Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R-Arlington) is trying to grant embryos the same rights that people have.

HB 948 prohibits abortion and recognizes “the rights, powers, and privileges of all unborn children at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth.” It would punish women and doctors by removing the immunity protection for abortion procedures in the Texas Penal Code’s rules for criminal homicide. While the law would not apply if a mother’s life is at risk due to pregnancy complications, there are no exceptions for rape or fetal abnormality, Tinderholt’s office tells the Chronicle. The state would enforce the abortion ban “regardless of any contrary or conflicting federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, or court decisions” – meaning the state could somehow ignore precedent in Roe v. Wade. (Chronicle)

He’s not even pretending to be trying to protect the health or welfare of the mother. And he also is not hiding that he wants this to go to the Supreme Court. There go those fiscally conservative republicans again!

The bigger problem with these bills occurs when they become law temporarily before getting to the Supreme Court. That happened in Texas just last year, and they obviously have not learned anything from it. Women will be unable to obtain necessary medical care, miscarriages may be called into question creating unnecessary trauma, and all so the Court can tell them multi-millions of dollars from now this is unconstitutional.

So Texas can go back and introduce another bill, I can get worked up in another article, and the definition of insanity is…

Luke Macias of the Tinderholt camp tells the Chronicle the goal of the legislation is to “make sure the law affords the same protections to the most vulnerable in society – the unborn.” The office is well aware their bill completely flies in the face of longstanding health law, but that’s never stopped anti-choice legislators from filing unconstitutional bills before. “If this becomes law it could absolutely be challenged by the Supreme Court and that would be a challenge we would go forth with,” said Macias.

I am pretty sure this guy is not a doctor or other type of scientist. Nor has he had a period with his honorary vagina.

An embryo is defined as:

an animal in the early stages of growth and differentiation that are characterized by cleavage, the laying down of fundamental tissues, and the formation of primitive organs and organ systems; especially : the developing human individual from the time of implantation to the end of the eighth week after conception. (M-W)

So the time most women do not know they are pregnant, and when most miscarriages occur. As always, we can count on Texas to lower the bar on women’s rights, especially reproductive. It was so inconvenient for us to get the right to even vote!


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