This Politician Thinks Punishing Abortion Would Make Women ‘More Responsible for Sex’
In January of this year, member of the Texas House of Representatives Tony Tinderholt introduced Bill 948, otherwise known as a proposition to abolish abortion entirely across the state. The bill put forward by Tinderholt aims to ban abortion at any stage of pregnancy, as well as charge mothers or medical providers with homicide for carrying out the procedure. While the bill itself may not be entirely unfamiliar as vast swathes of the US express deep-seated opposition to the procedure and as between 2011 and 2015, states enacted 287 new legal restrictions for abortion access, the discourse surrounding its introduction has certainly been confounding and infuriating for many.
The Republican state representative reportedly stated in an interview with the Texas Observer that his proposed abortion abolition would reduce the number of pregnancies “when they know there’s repercussions”. Tinderholt went on to say, “Right now, it’s real easy. Right now, they don’t make it important to be personally responsible because they know that they have a backup of ‘oh I can just go get an abortion.’ Now, we both know that consenting adults don’t always think smartly sometimes. But consenting adults need to also consider the repercussions of the sexual relationship that they’re gonna have, which is a child”.