BREAKING: Texas GOP (Still) Appears to Endorse the Death Penalty for Women Seeking Abortions and IVF 

In response to Texas Republicans finally releasing their official party platform, which opens the door to the death penalty for women seeking abortion care and criminalizing in vitro fertilization, after nearly two weeks of delay, DNC spokesperson Maddy Mundy released the following statement:

“Trump’s extreme MAGA agenda has culminated in the Texas Republican party’s signed, sealed, and delivered official party platform that opens the door to the death penalty for women seeking health care. The Texas GOP copied and pasted Trump’s MAGA playbook into their own; leaving Texas women to suffer. What’s even more damaging than this platform is the harm that hundreds of millions of women will endure in Texas and across the country if Trump passes his national abortion ban. Fundamental freedoms are on the line in November. Texans and Americans across the country are fed up with Trump and MAGA Republicans’ dangerous, anti-freedom agenda and they will reject them at the ballot box this November.”

Texas Republicans just officially approved a dangerous, anti-reproductive freedom party platform, deeming abortion “homicide” and opening the door to the death penalty for women seeking abortion and criminalizing IVF treatment. 

Salon: “‘I wasn’t dead enough for an abortion’: Texas mom blames Trump for almost losing her life”

“Texas Republicans imposed a near-total ban on abortion following the Supreme Court’s 2022 Dobbs decision, a move that has been followed by complaints, from pregnant people and their doctors, that the prohibition is unclear on when a pregnancy can be terminated to protect a life.

“Last week, the state’s all-Republican Supreme Court rejected a legal challenge from women who said their lives were endangered as a result of complicated pregnancies that their doctors were hesitant to properly treat; the court said abortions could go ahead based on the ‘good faith judgment’ of a medical professional that an individual would be ‘unlikely to survive.’

“But what if a doctor performs an abortion that a court later decides wasn’t absolutely necessary? Under current state law, that could mean a sentence of life in prison. Some Republicans want to go even further than that.”

HuffPost: “The Republican Party of Texas is considering a platform that appears to endorse the death penalty for abortion providers and patients.” … 

“The GOP platform calls for an “equal protection of the laws to all preborn children from the moment of fertilization,” and later states that “abortion is not healthcare, it is homicide.” The phrase “equal protection of the law” is used in the anti-choice movement to define abortion as homicide, and criminalizes abortion physicians and patients as murderers.”

Houston Chronicle: “The GOP platform also calls for the state to ban abortion medication and enforce criminal penalties against companies selling them online. And it supports prohibitions on government funding and transportation for women to leave the state to get abortions.” 

Austin American Statesman: “Here’s what the Texas party’s platform says: “We urge lawmakers to enact legislation to abolish abortion by immediately securing the right to life and equal protection of the laws to all preborn children from the moment of fertilization, because abortion violates the United States Constitution by denying such persons the equal protection of the law. 

“Another section declares, ’Abortion is not healthcare, it is homicide.’

Texas Public Radio: “Calls for even stricter abortion laws in first Texas GOP convention since Roe’s overturn”

The new state party platform comes on the heels of the Texas Supreme Court doing Donald Trump’s bidding in denying medical exceptions to the state’s draconian abortion ban. 

Texas Tribune: “Texas Supreme Court rejects challenge to abortion laws”

Salon: “‘Gut punch’: Texas Supreme Court says “life-saving exception” is clear enough. Plaintiffs disagree”

Teen Vogue: “Texas Supreme Court Rules Against Women Denied Abortions Despite Pregnancy Complications”

Associated Press: “‘I am outraged on behalf of my fellow plaintiffs who the Court deemed not sick enough,’ [Amanda] Zurawski said. ‘We all deserve bodily autonomy. Every day, people in Texas are being told that they have no options. It’s sickening and wrong.’”

Salon: “‘The fact that this platform could even be brought up for a vote is disturbing,’ Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, told reporters on Monday. ‘But it should remind us how extreme and out of touch Donald Trump’s MAGA Republican Party has become. If we allow Trump to get to the White House, he will subject all women across this country to his agenda of revenge and retribution.’”

CBS Austin: “‘The issue of abortion will be on the ballot, there’s no question about it,’ Gilberto Hinojosa, Chair of the Texas Democratic Party, said in a press call with reporters on Monday. ‘Every single time this issue has come up, every one of those people has taken the lead from whatever Greg Abbott and the MAGA Republicans tell him to do.’”

The new state party platform also comes after Donald Trump admitted he’s  “looking into” restricting access to contraceptives and Plan B, as he works closely with his MAGA allies who are actively plotting to attack birth control if Trump returns to the White House.

Interviewer: “Do you support any restrictions on a person’s right to contraception?

Trump: “We’re looking at that, and I’m going to have a policy on that very shortly and I think it’s something that you’ll find interesting.”

Interviewer: “That suggests that you may want to support some restrictions? Like the morning after pill?

Trump: “You know, things really do have a lot to do with the states. And some states are going to have different policies than others.”

Rolling Stone: “Inside the MAGA Plan to Attack Birth Control, Surveil Women and Ban the Abortion Pill”

“The attacks on mifepristone and resurrection of Comstock stand out as particularly harmful proposals, but they are only two of the dozens of ways the Republicans behind Project 2025 envision restricting access to abortion and contraception if they win the White House next year. Elsewhere in the document, there are proposals to eliminate the morning-after pill from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate under the rationale that it is a ‘potential abortifacient.’”