A website set up by Texas Right to Life where people can anonymously spy on friends and neighbors who helped someone get an abortion has gotten into trouble – not just with online activists but a number of web hosting companies.
Ever since the anti-abortion group launched ProLifeWhistleblower.com last month, it has been the target of hacktivists who bombarded them with fake tips.
Then, over the weekend, the site entered a new world of shit, ping-pong between web hosts who said their mission was in violation of their Terms of Service.
In case you haven’t been following it, the site’s mission appears to be to collect names of people who may be attacked with abortion lawsuits six weeks after an egg is fertilized. Texas’s newly enacted abortion ban empowers pretty much anyone to file a lawsuit against someone they believe has voluntarily facilitated an abortion for a woman – from the doctor to the Uber driver who dropped them off at the clinic.
ProLifeWhistleblower.com went dark Friday after web host GoDaddy removed the website from its servers, citing privacy concerns, ArsTechnica reports. A second host, Digital Ocean, also launched the site before landing on Epik, a unit known for hosting far right and white supremacist sites like Parler and 8Chan, according to ArsTechnica.
“But even Epik wasn’t cool when it came to outing people to exercise their rights – or previous rights Roe versus Wade, ” New York magazineIntelligencer’s site now reports.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the URL ProLifeWhistleblower.com leads back to the Texas Right to Life homepage, where there is no area to enter anonymous tips.
When contacted about the hosting issue, Texas Right to Life spokeswoman Kimberlyn Schwartz replied via email that the group was “exploring various long-term plans for the domain.”
She declined to answer a query about whether the Texas Right to Life leadership is concerned about Epik’s brief hosting, given the host’s association with extremist groups. However, she responded with a heaping dose of whataboutism, citing the support for eugenics from Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger.
“I’m looking forward to seeing these facts in your story,” Schwartz remarked, pinning himself a smiley emoji to be on the safe side.
Sanger died 55 years ago and Planned Parenthood condemns their belief in eugenics on their own website.
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