Texas GOP website hacked by activists protesting abortion law

Activist pirate group Anonymous took over the Texas Republican Party website on Saturday.

For several hours, the website carried an Anonymous banner at the top of the page, a music video by Rick Astley, an obscure photo and a statement saying the party is committed to taking away women’s rights.

“Texas: Taking Women’s Voice to Promote Theocratic Erosion of Church / State Barriers,” can be read in the site’s Internet archive.

Anonymous says the hack was a response to the state’s recently passed anti-abortion bill, which is the most restrictive in the country.

Senate Bill 8, often referred to as the “heartbeat bill” by supporters, effectively bans abortions after six weeks, long before many people know she is pregnant. Reproductive health doctors say the term “fetal heartbeat” used in the legislation is misleading because there is no cardiovascular system or functional heart at six weeks of pregnancy.

The law has no exceptions for rape victims or to protect the health of the mother.

It allows private citizens to sue abortion providers and anyone else who helps a woman get an abortion after the six-week threshold.

The Texas GOP website now redirects to a donation page for the party.

“We have been able to protect our website, but make no mistake, threats and attacks like this only reinforce our decision,” the redirected page said, asking for donations to protect it from future attacks.

After the abortion law went into effect on Sept. 1, Anonymous launched “Operation Jane” to target websites set up to identify people attending those seeking abortion after six. weeks.

ProLifeWhistleblower.com was removed by GoDaddy, its hosting provider.

“It simply came to our notice then. If the anti-Lifers want to remove our website, we will re-create it. No one can stop us from telling the truth. No one can stop us from saving lives, ”said Kimberlyn Schwartz, communications director for Texas Right to Life.

Another provider hosted the site briefly, but now redirects to Texas Right To Life and has no complaints. The site had been flooded with fake contacts from across the country, an act that was encouraged, among others, by Anonymous.

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