GoDaddy Shuts Down Web Hosting for Pro-Life Organization’s Abortion Whistleblowing Site
When Texas’ restrictive new abortion law took effect last week, Texas Right to Life had already launched an anonymous abortion tip line called ProLifeWhistleblower.com, which asked people to submit reports revealing information about people who are facilitating abortions.
This was made possible by the new law’s strange mechanism that allows any person, even one outside the state, to sue any other person who either performs an illegal abortion or knowingly aids and abets an illegal abortion (including paying for it). The law defines illegal abortions as those performed past the point at which fetal heartbeat can be detected, around six weeks into pregnancy. (“Fetal heartbeat” is a somewhat fraught term, notes Reason‘s Elizabeth Nolan Brown, since it “refer[s] to any embryonic cardiac activity—an electrical pulse that mimics a heartbeat even before an embryo has a heart—and can generally be detected about two weeks after pregnancy registers on a typical home test.”)
The law essentially deputizes abortion vigilantes to monitor the activities of other people and sue them for violating the law. If successful, snitches can be rewarded $10,000 in damages. This is all done “in an effort to frustrate constitutional challenges,” writes Reason‘s Jacob Sullum. It has predictably earned the ire of the pro-choice movement and its media boosters. “Here’s How You Can Help Shut Dow
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