Conservatives used to see big businesses as friendly entities on their side in the culture war.
But not anymore.
Last week, the Supreme Court allowed Texas’ new Heartbeat Bill (S.B. 8) to take effect while legal proceedings play out in the lower courts. The law empowers citizens to sue abortion clinics and effectively outlaws all abortions after six weeks in the state.
Following the enactment of Texas’ S.B. 8, the Texas Right to Life organization set up a new website, Prolifewhistleblower.com, “to help users report violations of Texas’ new heartbeat law, which … allows anyone to sue if an abortion is conducted after cardiac activity can be detected,” according to Fox Business.
In response to S.B. 8, several private companies have taken adverse actions to either harm pro-life organizations or promote abortion.
GoDaddy is one of them. It’s an internet web hosting company that earned over $3.3 billion in revenue in 2020.
GoDaddy shut down Texas Right to Life’s website, pointing to its policy that apparently prohibits “gathering information without the subject’s consent,” which the company alleges the organization violated.
But Texas Right to Life’s vice president Elizabeth Graham told Fox Business that the group’s lawyers believe that GoDaddy has actually violated its own policy multiple times.
“They’re looking into it, and at some point they’ll tell us, if we should take action or if we should just move on and be satisfied with getting out of GoDaddy,” she told the outlet.
She also added that the censorship has only reinforced Texas Right to Life’s commitment to the pro-life cause, because “abortion not only hurts the child, but really can have devastating effects on the mother.”
According to Texas Right to Life, GoDaddy acted on behest of pro-abortion activists, who had tried to “overwhelm the website with traffic and fake tips.”
“When they failed, keyboard warriors harassed GoDaddy to take down our site,” the organization said.
As of publishing time, Texas Right to Life had found a new provider for its website, which is back up and running.
Two other private companies that have put their fingers on the scale are the ride-share companies Uber and Lyft.
Lyft co-founder Logan Green tweeted that his company would cover all of the legal fees of any driver sued under S.B. 8, though it’s not clear such an instance would ever occur.
“This is an attack on women’s access to healthcare and on their right to choose,” Green added in a subsequent tweet. He also said that Lyft would donate $1 million to Planned Parenthood and encouraged others to do the same.
This prompted Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to tweet, “Right on @logangreen – drivers shouldn’t be put at risk for getting people where they want to go. Team @Uber is in too and will cover legal fees in the same way. Thanks for the push.”
One other organization upset over Texas’ new pro-life law is the Satanic Temple, which is arguing for women to be able to abort their babies because of “religious freedom.”
“We really feel that the freedom of choice is something that belongs to our religious membership and they should be able to on religious liberty grounds maintain it,” the temple’s founder, Lucien Greaves, said.
Texas’ new law S.B. 8 is estimated to be saving around 150 preborn babies each day. Please pray for the women who feel the need to abort their children. Pray they may choose life, and may get the help and resources they need.
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