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AUSTIN, Texas — The state of Texas will make history on Monday as it becomes the first ever in the nation to hold a public hearing for a bill that would outlaw abortion in the state altogether.
The hearing for House Bill 896, also known as the “Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act,” will be held at the Texas Capitol building before the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence.
While it is not known exactly what time public testimony on the bill will begin, the day’s business will commence at 8 a.m. The hearing will be streamed online, and according to a page for supporters of the bill, 1,000 people have stated in interest in attending.
Reports state that a number of pastors, as well as other supportive residents, are being lined up to testify in support 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 [surrounding criminal homicide], 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.”
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