The Republican Party of Texas (RPT) held their biennial convention last week to determine party rules, platforms, and legislative priorities. Among the eight legislative priorities approved by the delegates was the abolition of abortion. The wording of the priority reads: “Abolish abortion by ensuring the right to life and equal protection of the laws to all preborn children from the moment of fertilization.”
The priority is notable for a few reasons. First, for it’s use of “abolish.” TheAbolitionist Movementhas been gaining traction, making inroads inChristian denominationsandstate legislatures. Now the movement has successfully made its demand an official Republican legislative priority in the largest Republican-controlled state.
The second important distinctive of the legislative priority is the concept of “equal protection,” which is a mandate of the 14th amendment of the federal Constitution and of Article I Section III of the Texas Constitution. Equal protection necessitates that the murder of a preborn child would be treated in the same fashion as the murder of any other human being. Complete legal equality for preborn humans is what is being called for.
Constitutional attorney and Abolish Abortion Texas Director Bradley Pierce explained that equal protection means no exceptions and no automatic immunities for anyone in the murder of preborn humans: “Both before and after birth, human beings are made in the image of God. Therefore, the laws which protect those already born should, without exception, also protect those not yet born. No one, including the mother, should have a license to kill an innocent preborn child.”
The language of the legislative priority traces closely that of The Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act filed by Rep. Tony Tinderholt in 2017 and 2019, which reads: “A living human child from the moment of fertilization on fusion of a human spermatozoon with a human ovum, is entitled to the same rights, powers, and privileges as are secured or granted by the laws of this state to any other human child.”