Texas Governor defends new heartbeat bill, says state will ‘eliminate all rapists’

In a press conference on Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott defended the new abortion restriction and said the state hopes to put an end to rape cases. 

Despite the nationwide backlash Texas has received for the recent passage of Senate Bill 8, which bans abortions after a heartbeat is detected, Abbot has continued to praise the new law. One of the major points of contention among opponents of the bill is cases of rape. Although less than one percent of abortions come from rape and incest cases, many people are furious about the implications that preventing abortions for victims of rape would have. However, Abbot announced in the press conference that the law allows for these victims to obtain an abortion, saying that forcing a woman to have her rapist’s child “does not do” (The Hill).

He continued by saying: “Let’s be clear: rape is a crime. 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,” (KXAN). He also affirmed that even with his goal of eliminating rape cases in Texas, he still will ensure that support is provided to victims. 

SB 8 has been under attack in the past week due to it being the most restrictive abortion law in the country. A number of lawmakers and other political figures have condemned the law and the Supreme Court for its “cowardly” ruling. Several other red states have governors who have promised to follow suit. 



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