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A Texas lawmaker wants to lock up women who have abortions

Because it's "real easy" to get abortions, apparently.

By Jessica Chandra
Texas Abortion Protest

Just in case it wasn’t difficult enough for women to access safe abortions in Texas, one of the state’s lawmakers thinks women who have had abortions should be locked away in the same way that anyone who’s been charged for murder has been.

Tony Tinderholt, a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives who introduced the House Bill 948, also known as the ‘Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act’, earlier this month, gave an interview to the Texas Observer explaining his reasons for the bill. And what he said will make you sick.

“Right now, it’s real easy,” he said about women having abortions. “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.’”

Oh, it gets better. He continued, “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.”

So now women in Texas will not only be shamed for having abortions for different reasons, but they will also be seen as criminals, and may face life behind bars for doing something politicians like Tinderholt will never understand.

And it’s not “real easy” to get an abortion, despite what Tinderholt thinks. The fact that so many clinics in the state have been shut down led to a rising number of women attempting to perform their own abortions.

By the way, Tinderholt is against abortion no matter the circumstances, including rape and incest – which doesn’t line up with his comment about “consenting adults,” in case he wanted to check himself.