Texas Lawmaker Endorses Punishment For Women Who Have Abortions

Barbara Schwarz
June 07, 2019 - 6:15 am
Republican Ron Wright

Image via YouTube/ Reproaction

ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - A Freshman North Texas congressman says women who have abortions should face consequences.

Republican Ron Wright of Arlington made the comment in a video released by the pro choice group Reproaction. He tells the interviewer he's opposed to abortion at any time. She then asks about a woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for giving herself an abortion, he says he can't speak to that.  

She then says there have been 21 cases in 20 states where women have been punished for the same thing.   He says that "as far as I'm concerned they committed murder."

"Do you think they should be punished?

"Of course they should."

At that point, a Wright staffer stops the conversation.

Kyleen Wright, no relation, president of Texans for life coalition disagrees.  "We're not about punishing desperate, often very young women.  We're about the policy of stopping abortion and we can do that by targeting abortion doctors."

She says Wright means well and is a grandfather, but "no mainstream pro-life organization has ever supported criminal penalties for women."    She adds it can also be difficult to differentiate between a miscarriage and an induced abortion.

In the just concluded session, state representative Tony Tinderholt unsuccessfully introduced a bill that would charge women who undergo abortions and their doctors, with murder. 

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