- The Texas abortion whistleblower website quickly shut down in early September after online attacks.
- The group behind it, Texas Right for Life, said it wouldn’t care as long as abortion rates drop.
- Local and federal authorities have attempted to block Texas’ new abortion law with little success.
The legislative director of Texas Right to Life, the group behind the Texas abortion whistleblower site, told Insider that the state’s new abortion law had been an “absolute success” so far. ‘now.
Texas recently passed a law that prohibits anyone from having an abortion if they are six weeks or more pregnant. Private citizens are able to uphold the law by prosecuting anyone who has an abortion, the abortion provider, or anyone who “helps and encourages” a procedure.
Texas Right to Life, an abortion advocacy group, has created a website that solicits anonymous advice on people who have an abortion or who helps them get an abortion. The advice site went offline after its host, GoDaddy, said it violated its terms of service. Before the site went down, TikTok users spammed his tip form with “Shrek porn”, “Bee Movie” script, and other internet memes.
Cyber security experts have warned Insider that extreme risks accompany an organization collecting such sensitive health information. Abortion rights advocates told Insider that the data collection itself puts abortion rights advocates at risk.
“I shudder even considering the implications of an extremist anti-choice group with a database of Texans known to support reproductive freedom,” Dina Montemarano, research director of NARAL Pro-Choice America, told Insider.
But Texas Right for Life doesn’t seem to be worried about its whistleblower site being disconnected.
Both employees and representatives of the organization have said abortion rates have fallen in the state since the Texas law was passed – and to them, that’s what matters most.
“We are waiting 15 days to follow through on the strongest pro-life bill in the country,” said John Seago, legislative director of Texas Right to Life. “And it’s an absolute success.”
Texas’ new law has reduced the number of abortions in the state, The 19th reported. At Whole Women’s Health clinics, which perform abortions in the state, nearly half of the doctors stopped working after the law went into effect.
Texas Right to Life also said the group was not deterred by repeated efforts by local and federal officials to strike down Texas law.
Texas Right to Life spokesperson Kimberlyn Schwartz wrote that “Texas will not be intimidated” by the US Department of Justice’s emergency motion to block the law. She said Texas Right for Life is working with several other states to pass similar laws in the United States.
Schwartz also said the organization did not care about Planned Parenthood’s “limited victory” in a September lawsuit and echoed Seago, noting that Planned Parenthood had previously announced its intention to comply with the new restrictions on Texas abortion.
“Despite a limited victory in Travis County court, Planned Parenthood announced that it would continue to comply with the law and cease all elective abortions after six weeks,” Schwartz said in another article on the website of Texas Right to Life. “About 100 babies and pregnant women a day will continue to be saved by the law.”
Schwartz and Seago each told Insider that Texas Right to Life is working to restore their abortion whistleblower website, but didn’t say when the site would return. They said the organization was adding additional security features to the whistleblower’s website before it was back online.