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Greg Abbott Buried In Scorn Over Disgusting Comments On Rape And Incest Victims

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sparked the ire of the internet after he defended new abortion laws in Texas by saying victims of rape and incest will have “at least six weeks” to terminate their pregnancy.

Abbott’s comments came after asked why he was forcing a rape or incest victim to carry their child to term on Tuesday.

“It doesn’t require that at all, because obviously it provides at least six weeks for a person to be able to get an abortion,” he replied.

As expected, Abbott was blasted on social media for the comments, with many pointing out that most women don’t know that they’re pregnant at six weeks.

One person said: “Your complete lack of compassion (and, in fact, active hatred) for the experiences of survivors and all people who need abortions is so sickening.”

And abortion advocacy group Avow Texas wrote “that’s not how pregnancy calculation or abortion care work”.

Under the law, private citizens are essentially deputized with the promise of $10,000 bounties to file lawsuits against anyone accused of aiding or abetting the practice of an abortion after six weeks, other than the patient themselves.

Clinics offering abortions in Texas have already started turning patients away and around 7 million women in Texas are thought to be at risk of losing access to legal and safe abortions.

Last week, the US Supreme Court decided by a 5-4 margin, not to act against the Texas law and allow it to go into effect even though it goes against the precedent of Roe v Wade from 1973.

This was despite the strenuous objections of the court’s three liberal justices, who were joined by Chief Justice John Roberts in dissenting.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor described the court’s order as “stunning”.

“Presented with an application to enjoin a flagrantly unconstitutional law engineered to prohibit women from exercising their constitutional rights and evade judicial scrutiny, a majority of Justices have opted to bury their heads in the sand,” she wrote.

Abbott’s approval rating plummeted to its lowest rating since his 2014 election this week, according to a survey from The Texas Policy Project at the University of Texas at Austin. It found just 42 percent of Texans approve of the direction the state is going in, while 52 percent said the state was on the wrong path, the worst figure recorded by the institute since it started in 2008.

Check Abbott’s comments and some of the reactions below.