GoDaddy Terminates Hosting Texas Anti-Abortion Tips Site

Website hosting service GoDaddy on Friday ended services for the owner of an anti-abortion website that allows people to report suspected abortions in Texas.

“Last night, we informed that they violated GoDaddy’s terms of service and have 24 hours to switch to a different provider,” the company said in a statement.

Texas imposed a near-total ban on abortion, which went into effect on Wednesday and leaves oversight to citizens, allowing them to prosecute anyone who provides or “helps or encourages” an abortion after six weeks. Citizens who win these lawsuits will be entitled to at least $10,000.

Portions of the site that allow people to submit anonymous tips about suspected abortions on Friday showed a notification from GoDaddy saying the site had been blocked.

Texas Right to Life, the anti-abortion group that owns the site, in a statement said it would not be silenced, adding that it would put its site back online.

“Our IT team is already transferring our assets to another provider and we will have the site restored within 24-48 hours,” said a spokeswoman for the group.

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