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In response to a Houston Chronicle letter to the editor that criticized a new Texas abortion law, Republican state Rep. Matt Schaefer on Sunday tweeted "FACT: Even the Taliban oppose abortion. #txlege."
The letter came after a story in which an abortion provider sued to stop a law that would allow people to sue health care providers who help anyone have an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
"This law is what we might expect from the lowest intellects in the Taliban, for instance – where the war on women is never-ending," Mary Needham wrote. "Instead we have Texas Republicans wanting to pay a bounty to anyone who tattles on a (woman) who just might need an abortion."
Schaefer's late-night tweet Sunday was roundly criticized on Twitter.
Florida Democratic state Rep. Omari Hardy quote-tweeted Schaefer writing, "FACT: Today's Republicans have a lot in common with the Taliban." Fred Wellman, executive director of the Lincoln Project, tweeted, "I definitely want an American major party aligned with the Taliban."
Abortion access in Afghanistan is restricted. Women are allowed to have an abortion only if their life is in danger; otherwise they could face punishment of up to five years in prison, the Human Rights Watch reports.
Schaefer is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and has served in Afghanistan.
He spearheaded House Bill 1927, a law that would allow Texas residents to carry handguns without permit if they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun. Gov. Greg Abbott signed HB 1927 into law last month.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Texas Rep. Matt Schaefer cites Taliban in reply to abortion law critic