Chris Wallace grills Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on his ‘eliminate rape’ defense of abortion ban
- Fox News’ Chris Wallace pushed back on Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Sunday over his defense of the abortion law not including exceptions for rape or incests
- Abbott previously said: ‘Goal number one in the state of Texas is to eliminate rape so that no woman, no person will be a victim of rape’
- The new Texas law, which was upheld by the Supreme Court this month, bans abortion in the state after six weeks – or when a fetal heartbeat can be detected
- The Texas governor defended the decision by saying his focus is on protecting the lives of the mothers and unborn children at the same time
Wallace played a previous clip of Abbott during Fox News Sunday where the Texas governor said: ‘Goal number one in the state of Texas is to eliminate rape so that no woman, no person will be a victim of rape.’
‘Is it reasonable to say to somebody who is the victim of rape and might not understand that they are pregnant, you know, until six weeks, ‘Well, don’t worry about it because we’re going to eliminate rape as a problem in the state of Texas.’?’ Wallace asked Abbott of his comments.
‘Well, there’s multiple things I have to say in answer to this. But the first thing, obviously, is that survivors of sexual assault, they deserve support, care, and compassion. And Texas is stepping up to make sure that we provide that by signing a law and creating in the governor’s office a sexual assault survivors task force.’
Fox News’ Chris Wallace (left) pushed back on Texas Governor Greg Abbott (right) on Sunday over his defense of the new abortion law not including exceptions for rape or incests
Abbott previously said: ‘Goal number one in the state of Texas is to eliminate rape so that no woman, no person will be a victim of rape’
‘I got to point out about the ways that I have fought to go to arrest and apprehend and try to eliminate rape. I sought the death penalty for repeat rapists –’ he continued, but was cut off by Wallace.
‘Governor, excuse me, because we are running out of time – there were more than 15,000 rapes in 2019 when you were governor,’ he pointed out.
Abbott signed one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws in May, which bans termination of a pregnancy around the sixth week of pregnancy, or when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
The bill was immediately challenged and struck down in court, but the 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court overruled that decision this month and declared the bill was constitutional.
The new Texas law does not have exceptions for anyone who may be seeking an abortion after six weeks even in the cases of rape or incest.
The new Texas law, which was upheld by the Supreme Court this month, bans abortion in the state after six weeks – or when a fetal heartbeat can be detected
‘Let me just ask this question,’ Wallace said to Abbott on Sunday, ‘A Republican state representative says that he’s going to offer a new measure that would restore the exception to the Texas abortion law for victims of rape and incest. If that came to your desk, will you sign it or not?’
‘Well, we’ve got to go back, Chris, to what the reason was why the law was passed in the first place. And the goal is to protect the lives of every child with a heartbeat. And so we’re working to achieve that goal,’ Abbott deflected.
‘Including a child of a rape?’ Wallace questioned.
‘This goal is consistent with what the United States Supreme Court has written, and that is states have the ability to make sure that we protect the health and safety of both the mother and the child. And that’s what we are seeking to do here,’ he reasoned.
‘Are you saying that you will not sign an exception for rape and incest?’ Wallace pushed.
Abbott responded: ‘Well, first, I’ve got to tell you, Chris, you’re – you’re making a hypothetical that is not going to happen because that bill is not going to reach my desk. But, second, again, the goal is to protect the life of every child with a heartbeat.’
‘OK,’ the Fox News host said.