GoDaddy, the domain hosting behemoth, is de-platforming a website owned by Texas Right to Life that allows users to report violations of the Lone Star State’s new pro-life statute, which protects babies with beating hearts from being aborted.
In an email to the New York Times and The Verge, a GoDaddy spokesman said, “We have informed prolifewhistleblower.com they have 24 hours to move to another provider for violating our terms of service.”
GoDaddy claimed the website had broken section 5.2 of its terms of service, which states, “You will not collect or harvest (or permit anyone else to collect or harvest) any User Content (as defined below) or any non-public or personally identifiable information about another User or any other person or entity without their express prior written consent.”
“Too bad for the mob: We will not be silenced,” Texas Right to Life responded. “Anti-Lifers hate us because we’re winning. We’re transferring our assets to another provider and will have the site restored within 24-48 hours. Come back soon.”
.@GoDaddy wants to cancel our website, https://t.co/OS7nXTksIV.— Texas Right to Life (Text ProLife to 40237) (@TXRightToLife) September 3, 2021
Too bad for the mob: We will not be silenced.
Anti-Lifers hate us because we’re winning.
We’re transferring our assets to another provider and will have the site restored within 24-48 hours. Come back soon.
TikTok users and coders have bombarded prolifewhistleblower.com, which is maintained by Texas Right to Life, with phony tips since the Texas Heartbeat Act went into force on Wednesday. Trolls have claimed that Republican Gov. Greg Abbott broke the law, and they also submit claims under the names of fictional characters from comic books, LifeSiteNews reported.
The United States Supreme Court authorized the statute, which allows private persons to sue abortionists or anybody aiding or abetting the abortion of a baby with a beating heart. The law was activated last Thursday, Sept. 2, causing widespread pro-abortion fear.
As Texas Right to Life noted on its online tip website, the Texas law is unique:
“The Texas Heartbeat Act is unique because it calls upon private citizens to hold abortion providers and their enablers accountable. Any person can sue any abortion provider who kills an unborn child after six weeks of gestation—and any person can sue anyone who aids or abets these illegal abortions. All of these individuals must pay damages to the person who sued them of at least $10,000 for each illegal abortion that they perform or assist.”
Due to the Supreme Court’s failure to overturn the legislation, all abortions beyond six weeks are now illegal in America’s second-largest and second-most-populous state.
A Texas state judge also temporarily barred Texas Right to Life from executing the statute against Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, last Friday, Sept. 3.
“Judge Maya Guerra Gamble’s (D) ruling does not invalidate the new law but rather halts Texas Right to Life and its associates from suing abortion providers and workers at Planned Parenthood clinics under the statute, S.B. 8. That ruling took effect Wednesday,” The Hill explained.
However, the limited, temporary order does not preclude other Texas residents from bringing lawsuits against people who commit or assist in abortions.
Texas Right to Life is unfazed and has issued a statement labeling the anti-life demonstrators’ actions “desperate.” However, they added that Planned Parenthood’s actions “will not stop the work of Texas Right to Life. Estimates are that approximately 150 babies per day are being saved because of Texas Right to Life’s leadership on the Texas Heartbeat Act. Planned Parenthood can keep suing us, but Texas Right to Life will never back down from protecting pregnant women and preborn children from abortion.”
In a Twitter thread, Ryan T. Anderson, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, remarked that the new law’s corporate pushback is reminiscent of what has transpired in other states after implementing or attempting to enact common-sense socially conservative legislation. He said, “Remember when corporate America did to Indiana over RFRA? Or North Carolina on bathrooms? Or a host of states on transgender ‘medicine’ and sports? Expect to see them attempt to do the same to prolife states in a post-Roe world. They’re already trying to do it to Texas.”