Another Texas GOP lawmaker is attempting to make abortion punishable by the death penalty

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An ultrasound machine at women’s health clinic in Austin, Texas. Credit: Tamir Kalifa for The Texas Tribune

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A Texas lawmaker has filed a bill that would abolish and criminalize abortions, leaving women and physicians who perform the procedure to face criminal charges that could carry the death penalty.

The legislation, filed Tuesday by state Rep. Bryan Slaton, does not include exceptions for rape or incest. It does exempt ectopic pregnancies that seriously threaten the life of the woman “when a reasonable alternative to save the lives of both the mother and the unborn child is unavailable.”