Gov. Abbott gives a 'bizarre' explanation when asked about rape victims under Texas abortion law
Texas' draconian new anti-abortion law, which went into effect on September 1, does not make an exception for either rape or incest. This week at a press conference in Texas, a reporter asked Gov. Greg Abbott about the effect the law will have on rape victims — and Abbott's answer was bizarre.
The reporter asked Abbott, "Why force a rape or incest victim to carry a pregnancy to term?" And the far-right Republican governor responded, "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."
This is an incredibly bizarre statement. When asked why sex assault victims who get pregnant have to carry to term… https://t.co/1GYAjrFk5e— Ron Filipkowski (@Ron Filipkowski) 1631032631.0
Abbott continued, "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 by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them and getting them off the streets."
The Texas law forbids abortions after about six weeks. Because most women who become pregnant don't realize they are pregnant until after six weeks, the law is, in effect, almost a total ban on abortion in the Lone Star State. Many critics of the law have been attacking it as a violation of Roe v. Wade, but the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled that the law can continue for now.
Twitter users have been commenting on how bizarre Abbott's answer was. Here are some of their posts:
@RonFilipkowski Women do *not* have 6 weeks! At most, it’s 2 weeks after a missed period, *if* her cycle is regular… https://t.co/Wpg3u39MZW— Holly Kurzman (@Holly Kurzman) 1631032831.0
@wilkimom @RonFilipkowski They can hear a flutter sound from a group of cells that indicate a heart will be eventua… https://t.co/UxLD7zSFqa— Sandy Hahnemann (@Sandy Hahnemann) 1631033390.0
@RonFilipkowski Wow “at least” SIX WHOLE WEEKS!!! Thanks Greggy-Poo! You are soooooo generous! What will all those… https://t.co/q2uUgz2oga— MΞGAN KΞLLΞY HALL (@MΞGAN KΞLLΞY HALL) 1631036019.0
@RonFilipkowski Here is Greg Abbott, a man with absolutely NO MEDICAL EXPERIENCE making life and death decisions fo… https://t.co/afoAfQO7HX— Elaine (@Elaine) 1631034967.0
@RonFilipkowski Of course, since TX just essentially shut down all services that provide abortions, that rape victi… https://t.co/Omc7kFkRu7— Kevin Gromley 🇺🇸 (@Kevin Gromley 🇺🇸) 1631035007.0
@RonFilipkowski TWO. TWO weeks to get an abortion. If you’re lucky & testing every day, maybe 2.5-3. You can’t eve… https://t.co/YrIvCxpxVH— Lady de Luce (@Lady de Luce) 1631033749.0
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