By G9ija

Texas lawmakers have been debating a bill in the state legislature this week that would classify abortion as a homicide — and make it punishable by death.

“A living human child, from the moment of fertilization on fusion of a human spermatozoon with a human ovum, is entitled to the same rights, powers, and privileges as are secured or granted by the laws of this state to any other human child,” the bill says.

Over 400 people testified on Monday and Tuesday in front of the Texas House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence in support of the legislation, dubbed House Bill 896 or the “Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act.”

It was first introduced by Republican Rep. Tony Tinderholt, of Arlington, back in 2017 and brought back to life earlier this year.

“I think it’s important to remember that if a drunk driver kills a pregnant woman, they get charged twice,” Tinderholt said. “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.”

Democratic Rep. Victoria Neave, of Dallas County, condemned the congressman’s efforts.

“I’m trying to reconcile in my head the arguments that I heard tonight about how essentially one is OK with subjecting a woman to the death penalty for the exact — to do to her the exact same thing that one is alleging she is doing to a child,” Neave said.

Tinderholt’s bill will now go before the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to be debated. A vote on the measure, however, has yet to be scheduled.

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