Texas Governor Defends Abortion Law

September 11, 2021

Texas Governor Defends Abortion Law


DALLAS- Greg Abbott the Governor of Texas on last Tuesday responded to a question regarding the new abortion law that came into action in Texas, “Texas would strive to eliminate all rapists from the streets.”

The new abortion law, known as Senate bill 8, that came into action last week, on sept 1, does not provide exceptions for rape cases banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy- before most of the women get to know if they’re pregnant. The victims of sexual assault only have a maximum of four weeks to get an abortion according to the new law.

“Rape is a crime and Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from Texas by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them” Abbott said Tuesday.

Abbott said, answering questions from the reporters at an event where he signed a sweeping election bill into law, that the law does not force a rape victim to carry the pregnancy rather it is providing at least six weeks for a person to be able to get an abortion. 

The comments depicted new criticism in the state from opponents that is the biggest restrainer on abortion within U.S because they were legalized half a century ago, banning abortion after cardiac activity is detected. Although abortion suppliers say the law is unconstitutional still, they’re abiding by it.

Amy Jones, the chief government officer of the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, mentioned that

“his feedbacks are complicated to me as a result of they actually don’t appear to replicate the realities of this legislation.”

 Jones mentioned that Abbotts statements are both complicated as well as disheartening and she would like to listen to more of it from Abbott on his statement on eliminating rape.

“Certainly, our mission statement is to work on to end sexual violence and this is why we are here but we are also very aware that that is an aspirational goal that yes, we do believe that this is a preventable crime but if it was that easy, rape would no longer exist,” said Jones. Nearly 15000 rapes and 2,200 arrested

Almost all cases go unreported to police according to the latest surveys conducted by the U.S Division of Justice and a survey in 2019 discovered that only 1 in 3 victims reported that they have been raped or sexually harassed. In 2019 there were 14,656 rapes and attempted rapes that were reported across the state but only 2,200 were arrested.

According to a study in 2015, in Texas an estimated 9.2% of victims report sexual violence to law enforcement.

Justice department response

Although the justice department, challenging the law, has said that it will not tolerate any kind of violence against anyone who is willing to get an abortion in Texas.

The justice department said that “the department will provide support from federal law enforcement to an abortion clinic or reproductive health centers if they are under attack. We will protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services” under a federal law known as the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.

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