AUSTIN, Texas — A bill that would outlaw abortion in Texas is taking its first steps forward in the state legislature as it has now been assigned to the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence, which is chaired by a lawmaker who co-sponsored an identical bill to abolish abortion in 2017.
Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen has referred the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act, House Bill 948, to the committee, led by Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano.
Rep. James White, R-Hillister, who also serves on the committee, is already a co-sponsor of the measure.
“A living human child, from the moment of fertilization upon the fusion of a human spermatozoon with a human ovum, is entitled to the same rights, powers, and privileges as are secured or granted by the laws of this state to any other human child,” the bill, introduced by Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, reads in part.
It asserts state sovereignty in that the legislation requires the attorney general to “monitor this state’s enforcement of Chapter
19, Penal Code, in relation to abortion” and to “direct state agencies to enforce those laws regardless of any contrary or conflicting federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, or court decisions.”
In order to be advanced to the full House for a vote, the Act needs the full support of its Republican members as the committee is comprised of five Republicans and four Democrats. In addition to Leach and White, Republican Reps. Matt Krause, Morgan Meyer and Reggie Smith sit on
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