Failed Texas Bill Would Have Made Death Penalty Possible in Abortion Cases
Say WHAT??? You have got to be kidding me?!?!?! The story …
A bill considered by members of the Texas House of Representatives this week would have criminalized abortions and opened up the possibility for women and physicians to receive the death penalty.
The bill would have allowed women who obtained an abortion or doctors who performed one to be charged with assault or criminal homicide, the latter of which is punishable by death in Texas. It would have allowed no exceptions for abortions in cases of rape or when the health of the mother is at risk.
Yes, the bill failed to pass the Texas state legislature, with even some legislators who identify as being strongly “pro-life” feeling it went too far. But I find the fact that somebody even thought of it to be chilling.
So, a young mother who already has two children, works two jobs to support them and still struggles to put food on the table and pay the rent, gets pregnant. Knowing that she cannot possibly manage to support yet another child, she struggles, searches her soul, sheds many a tear, but at the end of the day she sees no choice. She has an abortion. Does anybody honestly think she should be punished at all, let alone be treated in the same way as a man who goes on a shooting spree in a mosque, or an African-American church and kills 10, 15, 20 people? WHERE is the logic in this?
Worse yet, picture the woman who discovers, at the same time she finds she is pregnant, that she has cervical cancer and carrying the fetus to full term would likely cause her death. Somebody in Texas thinks this woman should be arrested, sent to prison and put on death row for having an abortion in an effort to save her live? Again I ask … WHERE is the logic in this?
Nobody can dispute that the U.S. has moved backward in terms of civil rights over the past two years. Bigotry in all its ugly forms has expanded, obviously including misogyny. One of Trump’s selling points in his campaign was that he would put judges on the bench who would be willing to overturn Roe v Wade, and he has placed two such judges on the Supreme Court so far. What happens if Roe v Wade is overturned? If we have people who honestly think that abortion is akin to murder, then folks, we are in deep trouble.
Women make up only 28.7% of all state legislatures in this country. There are 127 (23.7%) women in the U.S. Congress. It’s an improvement, but still not what I would define as equality. I repeat what I said not too long ago … how would men like it if women decided whether or not they should be allowed their Viagra prescriptions? Ponder on that one for a while.
Oh … one last thing here. All those who claim to be “pro-life” … why aren’t they out there fighting hard for universal healthcare, for an expansion of social services to protect and preserve the lives of those who are living below the poverty line? And why aren’t they vociferously speaking out against the death penalty? If they aren’t doing those things, if abortion is the only area in which they are concerned about human life, then they aren’t ‘pro-life’, but rather they are misogynists, considering women to be second-class citizens.