So-called pro-life Republicans in Texas are now debating whether women who have abortions should be killed. In a runoff race for a State House seat representing the suburbs of Fort Worth, candidates State Rep. Stephanie Klick and her challenger David Lowe spoke about a bill in the House from the last session that would have made terminating a pregnancy a capital crime. Lowe said about it, “I’m not even a fan of the death penalty,” but then followed up, “do we all agree that abortion is murder? Absolutely. There should be consequences for it.” Klick responded by saying that while she wants to abolish abortion, giving women the death penalty for having one goes too far. Even just a few years ago it was standard practice for Republicans to say they’d like to see the doctors who administer abortions get punished but stopped short of saying the punishment should extend to the women. Now, because Roe vs. Wade is in jeopardy and states around the country are passing restrictive abortion bans, these right-wingers are feeling emboldened to get even more draconian on the issue.
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