A group of pro-life supporters recently set up a website that allowed people to report any suspected abortions in the wake of a new Texas law that limits abortions to only the first six weeks of pregnancy. The website has officially been shut down by GoDaddy, the website hosting service.
As reported by CNBC, GoDaddy put forth an article this past Friday stating that it had suspended connections to the website prolifewhistleblower.com, which was set up and run by the group Texas Right to Life.
“Last night we informed prolifewhistleblower.com they have violated GoDaddy’s terms of service and have 24 hours to move to a different provider,” stated GoDaddy.
In response, Texas Right to Life put forth its own statement, saying that it refused to be shut down and silenced would be looking for another service provider to host its website.
“Our IT team is already in process of transferring our assets to another provider and we’ll have the site restored within 24-48 hours. Come back soon,” stated a spokeswoman.
As has been reported by The Daily Wire, “the Supreme Court and a lower federal court of appeals refused to rule on a demand from Texas abortion providers to stay the law pending further litigation.”
The law was not given a stay due to its enforcement mechanism, one which allows civilians to put forth a lawsuit against anyone associated with helping a woman receive an abortion after the six weeks window of her pregnancy, but no the woman herself.
“In the novel legal strategy, the state Legislature designed the law to prevent government officials from directly enforcing it. The move was meant to make it much more difficult to bring a pre-enforcement challenge because there are not the usual government officials to hold accountable in court,” reported CNN. “Instead, the law allows private citizens — anywhere in the country — to bring civil suits against anyone who assists a pregnant person seeking an abortion in violation of the ban.”
This new law in effect bans abortions in the state after a six-week window of the pregnancy and has gathered concerns from civil liberties advocates about the reliance on people tattling on each other for money as a way to enforce this de facto ban.
The new law has also led to a large number of new sources falsely claiming the Supreme Court took a shot at Roe v. Wade, the decision that made abortion legal in America decades ago.
Under this new law doctors, clinic staff members, counselors, and anyone who participates in paying for the abortion or helping the woman obtain the abortion would be held liable if the woman’s abortion occurred beyond six weeks in the pregnancy.
“Plaintiffs, who need not have any connection to the matter or show any injury from it, are entitled to $10,000 and their legal fees recovered if they win. Prevailing defendants are not entitled to legal fees,” reported the New York Times.