Texas Governor Greg Abbott Says the State Will ‘Eliminate All Rapists’
Texas Governor Greg Abbott claimed to "eliminate all rapists from the streets" during a press conference on Tuesday while talking about the state's new "heartbeat" abortion ban.
"Let's make something very clear: Rape is a crime," Abbott said while signing a major GOP election-reform bill. "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."
He added: "So goal No. 1 in the state of Texas is to eliminate rape so that no woman, no person, will be a victim of it." The governor also said Texas had numerous organizations that support rape victims.
The "heartbeat' law went into effect one week ago, bans women in the state of Texas from having an abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected by a medical ultrasound.
That activity can be detected at about six weeks of pregnancy, which is earlier than when many people know they are pregnant, despite Abbott's claim in the same press conference that the bill provides rape victims "at least six weeks" to receive an abortion.
The law also allows for Texas citizens to bring legal action against those who provide abortions or "aid or abet" someone to get an abortion.
I do not want to get into the abortion debate, but I think the governor is wrong to say the state is going to eliminate rapists during Tuesday's press conference. I am not sure how that is possible. He may have misspoken initially, but then he doubled down in his follow up comment.
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