Republican Texas state Rep. Tony Tinderholt and his family are under protection from the Texas Department of Public Safety after abortion advocates issued multiple death threats against them. Tinderholt’s offense? He filed a bill to abolish abortions in the state of Texas.
On January 11, Tinderholt filed House Bill 948, also known as the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act. Currently, the Texas Penal Code provides that those responsible for the death of an unborn child are guilty of murder, except in cases of abortion. Tinderholt’s bill seeks to remove the exception for abortion, which means women and abortion providers would face potential felony charges for procuring or performing an abortion.