Texas Governor Greg Abbott bizarrely vows to 'eliminate rape' by 'arresting rapists' when asked about new abortion law
Category: News & PoliticsVia: john-russell • one week ago • 50 comments
By: The US Sun
TEXAS Governor Greg Abbott said he was determined to "eliminate rape" in a bizarre response as he signed into law his state's controversial abortion bill.
"Goal number one in the state of Texas is to eliminate rape so that no woman, no person will be a victim of rape," Abbott said.
3Abbott justified signing SB 8 into law: "Goal number one in the state of Texas is to eliminate rape so that no woman, no person will be a victim of rape"Credit: AP3The law bans some abortions in Texas and allows people to sue for $10,000 abortion providers or those who assist them outside the six-week periodCredit: AP
Senate Bill 8 (SB8), which became Texas law on Sept. 1 has been harangued nationally by its ability to ban abortions as soon as six weeks or once a fetal heartbeat is detected - before many women are aware they are expecting.
The Republican governor said the bill does not mandate would-be mothers who have been raped to carry their pregnancy to term, it in fact offers six weeks to get an abortion and so it "does not do that [force victims to have their assaulter's child]."
GOV. ABBOTT: 'RAPE IS A CRIME'
"Let's make something very clear: Rape is a crime," Abbott said.
"And Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them and getting them off the streets."
He added that it is important to lend support for rape victims through state and other victim organizations.
SB 8, which Abbott signed onto the books in May, also empowers private citizens to formally file a lawsuit of $10,000 or more against abortion providers or anyone who assists someone who attempts to get an abortion outside of a six-week period.
SEX ASSAULT REPORTING BOUNTY?
Already, many have come forward accusing the anti-abortion law as putting a bounty on people like her who are supposed to protect victims.
"We're talking about advocates who don't make a lot of money," social worker Monica Faulkner told KXAN, adding she is terrified she could get sued if she reports a sexual assault.
"They can't afford $10,000-plus attorney fees."
Politicians shot back at Abbott.
"1. Many women don't realize they're pregnant before six weeks," U.S. Democrat Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas responded on Twitter wrote.
"2. Texas has a terrible record on prosecuting rapes - case in point the backlog of literally thousands of rape kits that have gone unattended. @GovAbbott has made the state of Texas a dangerous place for women."
Democrat Juan Castro, who served as the mayor of San Antonio and also launched a presidential bid questioned Abbott's miss when it comes to protecting rape victims in the Lone Star state.
"Many women don't even know they're pregnant by the 6-week mark when abortion is outlawed in this bill," Castro tweeted.
"Rape and incest victims would be forced to carry a pregnancy to term at that point - or face civil lawsuits for getting an abortion."
The law has incited debate from members from all political stripes.
Many are calling the law the harshest abortion measure in the country and could cause the undoing of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court's landmark decision protecting a woman's right to get an abortion.
Last week, the nation's highest court refused to step in and halt SB 8.
It has yet to rule on its constitutionality.