Bill filed by Arlington rep would criminalize abortion in Texas

An Arlington state representative has filed a bill that would effectively criminalize abortion in Texas

  • Rep. Tony Tinderholt - Arlington, TX - swearing in - 84th Texas Legislature
    Arlington State Rep. Tony Tinderholt is sworn into office holding his newborn. (Campaign Photo)
Zack Maxwell

An Arlington State Representative filed a bill Wednesday that would outlaw abortion in Texas.

Republican Rep. Tony Tinderholt, whose district includes much of West Arlington, filed House Bill 948 -- titled the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act -- which would effectively criminalize abortion throughout the state.

If passed, both the mother and physician would be violating Texas' Penal Code if an abortion was conducted within the state.

“Since my first day in office, I’ve stated life begins at conception,” Tinderholt released in a statement. “Facts and science are on my side.”

In the release, Tinderholt points out that Texas’ Penal Code already defines life as starting at conception, but that unborn children aren’t protected.

Section 19.06 of the Penal Code -- which defines homicides -- grants immunity for abortion. H.B. 948 would amend that language to remove immunity.

It would still afford protections for life-saving procedures if a mother’s life is at risk due to pregnancy complications, Tinderholt said.

The Arlington Voice reached out to State Rep. Chris Turner for comment, but did not hear back by the publishing of this report. Planned Parenthood spokespersons were also unavailable.

Tinderholt says abortion has been allowed to continue because federal courts have overruled federal and state constitutions and declarations.

“The duty of our government is to protect our God-given right to life,” Tinderholt said. “I’ve defended innocent life my entire career and am honored to continue that fight with the filing of HB 948.”

Tinderholt was not immediately available for further comment.