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Greg Abbott denies Texas abortion law will force rape and incest victims to carry pregnancy to term

Texas Governor Greg Abbott denied that Texas’s restrictive new abortion law would force rape or incest victims to carry their pregnancies to term because women have ‘at least six weeks’ to get a termination, after he was asked about it on Tuesday.

At a bill signing for the state’s new election security legislation, a reporter asked Abbott why the state would ‘force’ victims of heinous sex crimes like rape and incest to give birth.

‘It doesn’t require that at all, because obviously it provides at least six weeks for a person to be able to get an abortion, so for one it doesn’t provide that,’ Abbott replied.

‘That said, however, let’s make something very clear – rape is a crime, and Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas.’

He ended his comment to applause from those standing behind him.  

The law, known as the ‘Texas Heartbeat Act’, bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is normally after six weeks and before many women even know they are pregnant.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott was asked about the new Texas abortion law at a bill signing for election security legislation on Tuesday

Its text makes no exceptions for rape or incest and allows Texans to report people, including Uber drivers, who help or take women to get abortions. The only exemption is if there is a danger to the woman’s health.   

Pro-life groups are blasting President Joe Biden and his Justice Department after it announced on Monday it would use a 1994 law to try and counter the Heartbeat Act, which would eliminate roughly 85 percent of abortions throughout the state. 

‘President Biden and his administration needs to quit trying to facilitate the killing of unborn babies. Instead, President Biden, AG Garland, and this administration should be doing everything they can to protect life and not destroy it,’ National Right to Life’s Director of Communications Laura Echevarria told DailyMail.com Tuesday.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said yesterday the DOJ would ‘protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services’ under a federal law known as the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.

Garland said in a statement that federal prosecutors are still urgently exploring options to challenge the Texas law.

‘The department will provide support from federal law enforcement when an abortion clinic or reproductive health center is under attack,’ the attorney general pledged. ‘We will not tolerate violence against those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services.’ 

President Joe Biden directed the Justice Department to try and find federal avenues to get around the Texas Heartbeat Act

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Monday the DOJ would use the FACT Act to combat the new law

President Joe Biden directed the Justice Department, led by Attorney General Merrick Garland, to try and find federal avenues to get around the Texas Heartbeat Act

Anti-abortion group Live Action President Lila Rose told Fox News, ‘The Justice Department should be focused on protecting our basic rights, including our right to life, not on acting as the abortion industry’s personal attorneys before a relevant lawsuit is even in process.’ 

The federal law, commonly known as the FACE Act, prohibits physically obstructing or using the threat of force to intimidate or interfere with a person seeking reproductive health services.

The law also prohibits damaging property at abortion clinics and other reproductive health centers.

‘The department will provide support from federal law enforcement when an abortion clinic or reproductive health center is under attack,’ Garland said. 

But another pro-life group, Human Coalition, brushed off the DOJ’s attempt to skirt the Texas law in a statement to DailyMail.com.

‘If violating the FACE Act is all the DOJ has come up with to block the Texas Heartbeat Act, that’s good news! SB 8 is a peaceful and Constitutional law that uses civil lawsuits to protect innocent children from death by abortion,’ Texas State Director Chelsey Youman said.

Youman said the FACE Act  ‘does not apply in this context.’

Pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List called it a ‘gross overreach’ in a statement to DailyMail.com.

‘Texans acted to save the lives of children with beating hearts. It is a gross overreach for the Department of Justice to infringe on the rights of the people to act through their duly-elected legislators,’ Vice President of Communications Mallory Quigley said.

‘We are encouraged that the Supreme Court allowed the law to remain in effect while litigation continues, and we are hopeful that the Court is moving in an overall direction that would allow Texas and all states to pass laws that reflect their pro-life values.’

Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan dissented. The other justices – all appointed by Republican presidents – allowed the law to stand. From left: Justices Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Elena Kagan, John Roberts, Neil Gorsuch, Stephen Breyer, Amy Coney Barrett, and Sonia Sotomayor

The conservative-leaning Supreme Court allowed the law to go into effect after it declined to issue a stay in a shadowy late night Wednesday decision.   

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz blasted the DOJ as ‘out of control’ after it announced its new FACE Act enforcement.

‘It is up to COURTS – not the executive branch – to determine whether the Texas law impairs constitutional rights. No court has found rights are violated,’ Gaetz wrote on Twitter Monday.

‘The DOJ is out of control. This is totalitarian stuff. If they don’t like a law they will use DOJ raw power to crush it.’ 

For his part Biden sent out a forceful statement attacking the court and the Texas law.

He ordered federal agencies including the DOJ and Department of Health and Human Services to look at ‘what steps the Federal Government can take’ to help ‘insulate women and providers from the impact of Texas’ bizarre scheme of outsourced enforcement to private parties.’

Rep. Matt Gaetz lashed out at the DOJ's Monday announcement on Twitter

Rep. Matt Gaetz lashed out at the DOJ’s Monday announcement on Twitter

Pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List also came out against the Biden administration's attack on the Texas bill

Pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List also came out against the Biden administration’s attack on the Texas bill

In a White House speech on Friday Biden blasted the new law as ‘un-American’ 

‘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 un-American what we’re talking about,’ he said.

The Susan B. Anthony List, another national pro-life group, attacked Biden’s words head on.  

‘Taking the life of an innocent unborn child with a heartbeat is un-American,’ the group wrote on Twitter. ‘You used to believe this, Mr. President. What happened?’

Live Action lambasted Biden’s statement that the law ‘deputizes’ private citizens.

‘If you knew a person was killing adults, you would be obligated to alert the police,’ the group stated on Twitter. 

‘It is our duty as fellow Americans to protect our country’s citizens.’

Republican lawmakers blasted Biden’s directive to executive branch agencies as well.  

On Sunday, September 5, Houstonians assembled at city hall and marched to the federal court house in protest of the bill

On Sunday, September 5, Houstonians assembled at city hall and marched to the federal court house in protest of the bill

Women and opponents of the bill marched on the city of Houston over the weekend

Women and opponents of the bill marched on the city of Houston over the weekend

Rep. Andy Biggs wrote in a statement to DailyMail.com, ‘President Biden is the most anti-life President in modern history. He continues to betray America’s founding principles by refusing to protect the right to life. Now he has ordered the federal government to attack a state that seeks to protect that most precious right.’

‘This abhorrent act by the Biden administration is inhumane and an abuse of power. I will continue to fight alongside the pro-life community to defend the rights of the most vulnerable in our society.’

Rep. Jim Banks told DailyMail.com that Biden is the ‘most radically pro-abortion president in American history.’

‘His administration has pushed abortion on pro-life states and organizations and exported abortions abroad, violating conscience rights and costing countless unborn lives,’ the Congressman said in a statement. 

Biden, the second Catholic president in US history, has been criticized by church officials in the past because his pro-choice stance goes directly against Catholic doctrine. 


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