TEXAS: Rep Tinderholt Introduces Bill of Abolition
January 12, 2017 – HB948, or the ‘Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act’, filed by State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R – Arlington), seeks the total and immediate abolition of abortion at the state level, amending existing language that strips the preborn of protections from abortion.
The bill, along with previous resolutions, calls for the defiance of the Federal Government, the Supreme Court, and Roe v. Wade, explicitly stating, “Any federal statute, regulation, executive order, or court decision which purports to supersede, stay, or overrule this Act is in violation of the Texas Constitution and the Constitution of the United States of America and is therefore void. The State of Texas and its political subdivisions, and agents thereof, may not enter an appearance, special or otherwise, in any federal suit challenging this Act.”
In May of last year, the Republican Party of Texas adopted an explicitly abolitionist stance towards abortion, 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.” It looks like that call has been answered by Representative Tinderholt.
“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”, Tinderholt stated in a press release announcing the bill.
As of January the 26th, seven co-authors have signed onto HB948.