By: TAYLOR LAMBERT
The Texas Republican State Rep. Bryan Slanton, has proposed a bill that would not only abolish abortions, but also make the punishment that of the death penalty to any who perform or undergo the procedure. This is not only a major regression in the fight for bodily autonomy in women, but it is also an infringement upon human rights. In the statement released last Tuesday, Stanton stated that “It’s time Republicans make it clear that we actually think abortion is murder.” His bill would rule the procedure as a criminal offense with the maximum punishment being the death penalty. The charges that those who perform the procedure and women undergoing the operation would face consist mainly of assault and homicide. Many have claimed that the bill contradicts itself considering it would make abortion, the ending of a pregnancy by removal or expulsion of an embryo or fetus, punishable by death. This doesn’t appear to make sense because it counters the idea of being ‘pro-life’. This bill would not include any exeptions for victims of rape, incest, or ectopic pregnancies that seriously threaten the life of the woman or fetus “when a reasonable alternative to save the lives of both the parent and the unborn child is unavailable.” Slanton’s bill is extremely similar to the bills that passed in southern states during 2017 and 2019, which sparked national outrage. In the past when anti-abortion bills passed the rate of illegal and unsafe abortions kept the number of abortions overall at or near the same amount as if they had been legal.