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Texas GOP consider death penalty for abortion

  • June 19, 2024
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Texas GOP consider death penalty for abortion

Republicans in Texas are open to using the death penalty to abortion providers according to a new proposal from the state party. During the state’s GOP convention, Republicans voted on a platform for 2025 that declares “abortion is not healthcare, it is homicide,” suggesting a state striking down a state law that protects abortion providers from being charged with homicide.

In ‘the lone star state,’ murder can be punishable by the death penalty. Murder of a child below the age of 15 can qualify as the most severe form of homicide, capital murder.

Other parts of the proposal call for “legislation to abolish abortion by immediately securing the right to life and equal protection of the laws to all preborn children from the moment of fertilization.”

The language, feminist writer Jessica  Valenti notes, draws on that used by “abortion abolitionists” who are a fringe, hardline segment of America’s anti-abortion movement that has creeped closer to the mainstream in recent years.

While the mainstream anti-abortion movement usually exempt those seeking abortion from punishment, abortion abolitionists believe in what that they see as a more consistent line of thinking; that if an embryo is a person and abortion is murder, abortion patients should be prosecuted as such.

Abortion patients are not mentioned in the proposals, making it unclear what this means for them. Abortion bans tend to target providers rather than patients for punishment.

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