A lawmaker in Texas has proposed a bill that would abolish abortion in the state and criminalize those who take the life of an unborn child.
H.B. 948, also known as the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act, was submitted by Representative Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, on Wednesday. It declares that unborn children are entitled to human rights from the moment of conception, and removes current exemptions under state criminal homicide law relating to abortion.
“A living human child, from the moment of fertilization upon the 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,” it reads in part.
According to a press release from Tinderholdt’s office, abortions committed in cases when the mother’s life is at risk would not be prosecuted as murder.