Texas Pro-Life Site Kicked Off of GoDaddy

Liberals are celebrating that extreme censorship has now spread to the pro-life movement.

The Daily Stormer was the first site to have its domain pulled in 2017, and since then, 8chan, Infowars, and others have suffered this fate.

Daily Beast:

An online whistleblower portal created to punish anyone providing abortion services in Texas has suffered another defeat in its quest to enforce the state’s new six-week abortion ban as it was forced to disable the function allowing it to collect anonymous tips.

The site, created by the evangelical group Texas Right to Life, had gotten the boot from hosting provider GoDaddy on Friday, but it had found a new home alongside neo-Nazis and white supremacists on Saturday. That’s when Epik, a provider known for hosting right-wing extremist groups, welcomed ProLifeWhistleblower.com to its client roster, according to domain registration data cited by Ars Technica.

The move is just the latest fallout from the state’s draconian “Texas Heartbeat Act” that took effect on Sept. 1, banning abortions outright after the sixth week of pregnancy—before most women realize they are pregnant. Also known as SB 8, it was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, in May. And while there are loopholes for a mother whose life is in danger, the act does not include exceptions for rape or incest. In addition to targeting doctors who provide abortions, SB 8 also opens the door to lawsuits against insurance companies and even transportation services that might be involved at some point along the way.

To facilitate enforcement of the law, Texas Right to Life set up a digital tip line that lets Texans file anonymous reports about suspected violations.

“The Texas Heartbeat Act is unique because it calls upon private citizens to hold abortion providers and their enablers accountable,” the site explains (emphasis theirs). “Any person can sue any abortion provider who kills an unborn child after six weeks of gestation—and any person can sue anyone who aids or abets these illegal abortions. All of these individuals must pay damages to the person who sued them of at least $10,000 for each illegal abortion that they perform or assist.”

Texas Right to Life says it “will ensure that these lawbreakers are held accountable for their actions,” the site continues. “Use the links below to report anyone who is violating the Texas Heartbeat Act by aiding or abetting a post-heartbeat abortion. And report any person or entity that aids or abets (or that intends to aid or abet) an illegal abortion in Texas.”

GoDaddy had informed Texas Right to Life late Thursday that it would no longer be hosted, and to find another provider within 24 hours.

Texas Right to Life communications director Kim Schwartz on Friday wrote a blog post denouncing GoDaddy’s decision to drop the site, complaining that “keyboard warriors harassed GoDaddy” to cut ties with the group.

“We will not be silenced,” Texas Right to Life communications director Kimberlyn Schwartz told The Daily Beast in an email.

“If anti-Lifers want to take our website down, we’ll put it back up. No one can keep us from telling the truth. No one can stop us from saving lives. We are not afraid of the mob. Anti-Life activists hate us because we’re winning. Hundreds of babies are being saved from abortion right now because of Texas Right to Life, and these attacks don’t change that.”

According to Schwartz, GoDaddy “neglected to specify” which rules the site had broken. But GoDaddy told Ars Technica that “the site violated multiple provisions,” including one that forbids using GoDaddy to “collect or harvest… non-public or personally identifiable information” without “prior written consent.”

The site had then quickly moved to Epik, a hosting provider that has in the past worked with other entities no one else would touch, including alt-right Twitter clone Parler, internet hate speech haven 8Chan, and Gab, the social network favored by Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers.

Epik’s CEO is a Dutch-American businessman in his 50s named Robert Monster—which is indeed his real name.

One of Epik’s selling points was that it would work with anyone who could pay, such as Alex Jones, the Sandy Hook truther behind conspiracy site Infowars. (Monster apparently draws the line at The Daily Stormer, a virulently anti-Semitic website he sent packing in 2019.)

Monster did not draw that line.

That line was drawn by the companies that provide services for Monster’s services, meaning that line can and will be drawn wherever the powers that be want it to be drawn.

What we’ve seen over the last five years is a circle moving out from me onto various other forms of legal media. As the ring for the types of content that are banned is expanded, so are the types of banning. I received every possible ban in 2017, and then was further pressured in 2019 when Epik dumped me.

All of these other people being censored will suffer the same. It’s idiotic to go out there and say “I will not be censored.” They will censor anyone they want, and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

Typically, they do as much censorship as is necessary. For most people that just means social media bans. But increasingly, it means these more extreme bans, including undermining the ability to host a domain.

The Jews are really going nuts over this abortion thing, so they might go ahead and pressure Monster to remove this site as well.

As there is no longer any pretext of freedom of speech – none of this “just start your own X” – I would expect the censors to really start swooping on people big time.

The Jews are out there now saying it’s in their religion that they have to get abortions.

I also saw this.