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As Texas’ Abortion Trigger Law Goes Into Effect, Beto O’Rourke Ramps Up Attacks


A trigger law banning abortion in Texas with no exceptions for rape or incest went into effect Thursday, and Beto O’Rourke desires to be sure that voters there don’t forget it was entirely GOP Gov. Greg Abbott’s doing.

The Democratic nominee for governor stopped at a women’s health clinic in Houston on Thursday, where he held a news conference with patients and providers who already find themselves in excruciating situations due to the law, which went into effect following the reversal of Roe v. Wade earlier this summer.

In comments relayed via the Houston Chronicle, one woman, whose water broke 18 weeks into her pregnancy, said doctors told her they couldn’t help her regardless that the fetus wasn’t viable. As a substitute she was told to go home and wait for the child to die, risking an infection that might kill her and forestall her from having children in the long run.

“Reproductive health care is under attack on this state greater than anywhere else within the country, probably greater than anywhere else within the developed world, and there may be one person liable for that: Gov. Greg Abbott,” O’Rourke said. “There’s one approach to overcome this, and that’s by beating him on this election on Nov. 8.”

O’Rourke’s campaign also released two ads overnight scorching Abbott for the law, which polling shows a majority of Texans oppose.

The primary features women discussing the law as an attack on fundamental human freedoms, including bodily autonomy and freedom of alternative, a alternative the state now makes on their behalf ― even in cases of rape or incest.

“From this present day forward, Aug. 25, women all across Texas are not any longer free,” the ladies say, speaking one after one other. “All due to Greg Abbott’s abortion law.”

“Women will die due to it,” the ad concludes.

The second spot highlights a Texas couple, one in all whom is a lifelong Republican who voted for former President Donald Trump, the opposite a Democrat. Despite their political differences, they each agree the law is simply too extreme.

“No exception for rape? No exception for incest? $100,000 fines and jail time for doctors?” says the Republican husband, Trey Ramsey.

“I mean, this can be a free country,” he continues. “We want a governor who gets that, and that’s Beto.”

In a statement to The Texas Tribune, Abbott spokesperson Renae Eze disputed the characterization, saying that O’Rourke’s positions “should not only out-of-touch with Texas, they’re out-of-touch with basic humanity.”

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