Big Tech Takes Down Texas Right to Life Web Site a Second Time

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Sep 7, 2021   |   1:00PM   |   Austin, Texas

A second web hosting company took down a new Texas Right to Life website over the weekend amid growing concerns about online censorship.

The website allows people to report violations of the new Texas heartbeat law, which prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Unique from other state heartbeat laws, it includes a private enforcement mechanism that allows people to file lawsuits against abortionists who violate the law and those who help them.

Over the weekend, however, the web hosting company Epik removed the website, claiming the whistleblower reporting section violates its terms of service, KXAN News reports. A company spokesperson said they are reviewing the matter.

According to the Daily Beast, Epik received “complaints” about collecting anonymous tips about third parties.

Abortion activists have been trying various ways to shut down the pro-life website ever since it launched: urging people to flood it with fake tips, pornography and spam, and pressuring big tech companies to refuse to host it.

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Texas Right to Life switched to Epik last week after its initial webhost, GoDaddy, took down the website, claiming it violated “multiple provisions” of its terms of service.

Despite the on-going censorship by powerful online companies, Texas Right to Life leaders said they will not give up.

“We will not be silenced,” said Kimberlyn Schwartz, director of media and communications, last week. “If anti-Lifers want to take our website down, we’ll put it back up. No one can keep us from telling the truth. No one can stop us from saving lives. We are not afraid of the mob. Anti-Life activists hate us because we’re winning. Hundreds of babies are being saved from abortion right now because of Texas Right to Life, and these attacks don’t change that.”

The Texas heartbeat law went into effect Sept. 1, prohibiting abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy.

The legislation has the potential to save tens of thousands of babies’ lives every year. In 2020, about 54,000 unborn babies were aborted in Texas, and about 85 percent happened after six weeks of pregnancy, according to state health statistics.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused a request from Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups to temporarily block enforcement of the law. As a result, Texas became the first state to be allowed to enforce a heartbeat law.

Whether the Texas law will remain in effect or ultimately be upheld as constitutional in court remains uncertain, but pro-life leaders are hopeful now that the Supreme Court has a conservative majority.

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