GoDaddy bans website that allowed people to report Texans for having an abortion after state’s new law against terminations went into effect
- GoDaddy removed a website set up to allow users to send anonymous tips about Texans getting abortions
- The site, which was hosted on GoDaddy’s servers, was removed for ‘violating terms of service’
- The removal comes after Texas’s new anti-abortion law went into effect on Wednesday, that prohibits abortions after six weeks
- Planned Parenthood said most women don’t even know they’re pregnant within six weeks
- Pro-life campaigners insist the measure is fair, and popular among Texans
- The group who set up the website plans on getting the site back up
- As of Saturday afternoon, it was gone and the words, ‘Your access to this site has been limited by the site owner,’ was across the top of the page
GoDaddy removed a website that was set up to people to send anonymous tips about Texans getting abortions.
‘We informed the website owner yesterday that they have violated GoDaddy’s terms of service and have 24 hours to move to a different provider,’ GoDaddy said in a September 3 tweets.
The website – prolifewhistleblower.com – would’ve allowed people to send anonymous tips about women getting abortions in Texas in light of the state’s new law, which effectively bans terminations after six weeks.
As of Saturday, the website is gone, and the top of the page reads, ‘Your access to this site has been limited by the site owner.’
GoDaddy shut down a website that allows people to send anonymous tips about abortions in Texas
GoDaddy removed the site after Texas’s ‘Heartbeat Act’ went into effect on Wednesday after it was upheld by the conservative-majority Supreme Court.
The new law bans abortions after six weeks in the state and is was a major body shot to the landmark case Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion across the United States.
Pro-choice group Planned Parenthood issued a statement earlier this week that said most women don’t even know they’re pregnant at six weeks, and about 85 to 90 percent of Texans who get abortions are at least six weeks into pregnancy.
The law allows any private citizen to sue women who get abortions for $10,000 as well as anyone who helps a woman get a procedure, such as abortion providers, health care workers at clinics and ride-share drivers who drive them.
The ban also does not make exceptions for women who are victims of rape or incest, with the only exception being to save the life of the mother.
Leen Garza participates in a protest against the six-week abortion ban at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday
Texas’s ‘Heartbeat’ law that bans abortions in the state after six weeks
President Joe Biden called the Texas law and its restrictions ‘un-American’ and said the Justice Department will explore options to undermine it.
Biden spoke at the White House, taking a single question on the hot button abortion topic as he prepared to head to Louisiana to view hurricane damage.
‘The most pernicious thing about the Texas law, it sort of creates a vigilante system where people get rewards to go out and – anyway. And it just seems – I know this sounds ridiculous – almost unamerican what we’re talking about,’ the president said.
The group ‘Texas Right to Life’ is a major player behind the new law and set up the site.
Its spokesperson, Kimberlyn Schwartz, told Insider that the group ‘will not be silenced’ and that they plan to get the site back up.
‘No one can keep us from telling the truth. No one can stop us from saving lives. We are not afraid of the mob,’ Schwartz told Insider.
‘Anti-Life activists hate us because we’re winning. Hundreds of babies are being saved from abortion right now because of Texas Right to Life, and these attacks don’t change that.’
Abortion providers and pro-choice supporters secured a minor victory in Texas Friday night, when a state judge banned an anti-abortion group from suing Planned Parenthood under the new Texas law.
State District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble in Austin granted Planned Parenthood a temporary restraining order against Texas Right to Life, its legislative director and 100 unidentified associates.
The order blocks the anti-abortion group from bringing lawsuits against providers and staff at Planned Parenthood centers across the state under the ‘Texas Heartbeat Act.’