Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Texas has gone off the deep end.

No way guys. There is absolutely no way that fetal protection laws will be misused. Don't exaggerate so much.

For any exaggeration anyone may have done, I'll bet no one went so far as to guess that this would happen.


Prosecutors planning to use Fetal Protection law to put doctors on death row:
Texas doctors who perform abortions without parental approval or after the third trimester could face capital murder charges because of a new law that takes effect this week, a prosecutors group says.

The Texas District and County Attorneys Association has outlined that scenario in its new book updating the Texas penal code and in public presentations around the state. The group says such charges could occur under the new law because of the 2003 fetal protection law.

Key legislators said Monday that wasn't their intent.

Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, who pushed the parental consent measure, said in a prepared statement that her legislation was strictly limited to giving parents the right to consent when a minor is considering an abortion and to preventing late-term abortions.

"There were no discussions about the death penalty during our legislative discussions of this issue," Nelson said.

A capital murder conviction can result in the death penalty.


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