On January 11, 2017, Texas state representative Tony Tinderholt filed HB 948, the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act.
In May 2016, the Republican Party of Texas passed a legislative priority calling on the Texas Legislature to “Abolish abortion by enacting legislation to stop the murder of unborn children; And to ignore and refuse to enforce any and all federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, and court rulings which would deprive an unborn child of the right to life.”
The Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act answers that call by outlawing abortion in Texas.
Current Texas law defines a person to include “an unborn child at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth.” Texas Penal Code 1.07(26) and (38). However, in spite of that definition of personhood, unborn children have not been protected. Abortion continues because we have allowed the federal courts to overrule the Texas Declaration of Independence, the Texas Constitution, the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution, all of which stand for the fact that the duty of our government is to protect our God-given right to life.
Rep. Tinderholt commented on his bill saying, “Since my first day in office, I’ve stated life begins at conception. Facts and science are on my side. I’ve defended innocent life my entire career and am honored to continue that fight with the filing of HB 948.”
The current protections allowing for life-saving procedures if a mother’s life is at risk due to pregnancy complications remain in place with Representative Tinderholt’s bill.
As a combat veteran, Tony has spent much of his life fighting to protect the life and liberty of others. This bill continues that fight. Tony Tinderholt represents District 94 where he lives with his wife Bethany in Arlington. Tony is a proud father, combat veteran, and conservative Republican. He was ranked the 3rd most conservative legislator of the 150 Texas Representatives in the 84th session.
To read the bill text in its entirety, please follow this link.
Listen to Texas attorney Bradley Pierce and lobbyist Wes Thomas discuss Texas HB 948 that would criminalize all abortions as murder in Texas:
In Idaho, we are circulating a ballot initiative that will make abortion criminal murder in the state of Idaho without exception. We do not need the governor or legislature to enact this legislation. We do need your help to gather 56,192 signatures of Idaho registered voters in order to make the November 2018 ballot. Will you help circulate the petition? If so, please click on the button below to find the petition on our website, and follow all of the instructions on that page: