Website hosting service GoDaddy on Friday ended service for the owner of an anti-abortion website that allows people to report suspected abortions in Texas.
“Last night we informed prolifewhistleblower.com that they have violated GoDaddy’s terms of service and have 24 hours to switch to another provider,” the company said in a statement.
Texas has imposed a nearly complete ban on abortion, which went into effect early Wednesday, leaving enforcement to individual citizens, allowing them to sue anyone who grants or “helps or instigates” an abortion after six weeks. Citizens who win such lawsuits would be entitled to at least $10,000.
Parts of the website where people can anonymously give tips about suspected abortions on Friday showed a GoDaddy notice saying the site was locked.
Texas Right to Life, the anti-abortion group that owns the website, said in a statement it will not be silenced, adding that it would bring its website back up and running.
“Our IT team is already in the process of transferring our assets to another provider and we will have the site restored within 24-48 hours,” a group spokeswoman said.
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