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Greg Abbott says Texas will ‘eliminate rape,’ defends abortion law

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott mentioned Tuesday that he intends to “do away with rape” in his state, amid grievance {that a} new law banning abortions at six weeks does no longer come with an exception for sufferers of rape and incest.

The Texas law is essentially the most restrictive enacted for the reason that U.S. Splendid Courtroom’s 1973 Roe v. Wade determination. Abbott signed the invoice into law in Would possibly, and the U.S. Splendid Courtroom ultimate week dominated 5-4 in opposition to abortion rights teams in the hunt for to forestall it from taking impact.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference in Austin. Abbott on Tuesday defended a ban on abortions once a heartbeat can be detected, saying in response to criticism that the law has no exception for victims of rape and incest that his state would "eliminate rape."

Abortion rights teams have mentioned the law may deny girls get right of entry to to abortions even sooner than they’re pregnant in some instances. It has no exception for rape or incest.

Requested on Tuesday why the state would power a sufferer of rape or incest to hold a being pregnant to time period, Abbott defended the law.

“Rape is a criminal offense, and Texas will paintings tirelessly to verify we do away with all rapists from the streets of Texas by way of aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them and getting them off the streets. So purpose no. 1 within the state of Texas is to do away with rape in order that no girl, nobody, will be a sufferer of rape,” he mentioned Tuesday.

Talking for the primary time for the reason that Splendid Courtroom’s determination, Abbott mentioned state-supported organizations additionally would “supply beef up for many who are sufferers of rape.”

In 2019, 14,656 rapes have been reported in Texas, in step with the state’s Division of Public Protection. About 2,200 other folks have been arrested for rape that very same yr.

The U.S. Division of Justice already has vowed to give protection to abortion suppliers that face violence and the ladies they serve. 

White Space fires again at Abbott

The White Space fired again on Wednesday at Abbott’s protection of the law.

“If Gov. Abbott has a way of getting rid of all rapists or all rape from the US then there can be bipartisan beef up for that,” White Space press secretary Jen Psaki instructed newshounds all through a briefing.

Because the Texas law takes impact, the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Products and services is having a look at “tactics to verify we’re offering get right of entry to to well being care to girls in Texas,” Psaki mentioned.

“Obviously this law or this invoice that used to be signed into law is one thing we strongly oppose and there’s an urgency to searching for and saying movements to assist girls now,” she mentioned.

Castro, AOC amongst Abbott’s critics

Abbott’s protection of the law drew grievance each from inside and outdoor Texas.

Former U.S. Housing and City Construction Secretary Julian Castro tweeted that Abbott was “lying.”

“Many ladies don’t even know they’re pregnant by way of the 6-week mark when abortion is outlawed on this invoice,” he wrote. “Rape and incest sufferers can be compelled to hold a being pregnant to time period at that time—or face civil complaints for purchasing an abortion.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said during an appearance on CNN that Abbott’s comments were “disgusting.”

Many rape sufferers are assaulted by way of any individual they know, she mentioned, and may no longer need to “retraumatize” themselves by way of pursuing fees.

“None of that is about supporting lifestyles,” she mentioned. “What that is about is controlling girls’s our bodies and controlling individuals who aren’t cis-gender males.”