“It's not necessary at all, because there is obviously at least six weeks before a person can have an abortion. For one thing, it doesn't offer that (sic). However, let's be very clear: rape is a crime and Texas will work tirelessly to eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas by aggressively prosecuting, arresting and prosecuting them. And to get her off the street. So the number one goal in the state of Texas is to eradicate rape so that no woman, no one is a victim of rape. "
The only thing that was true about this false incoherence was the claim that "rape is a crime". Really go to the ledge, Abbott. Given that Abbott and the rest of the obsessive-birth movement have a track record of serial sexual assault that only a rapist could believe; and the people who deprive women of reproductive rights believe in a handful of scrolls turned into bound books that failed to tell of rape even thousands of years ago. But it doesn't matter! He's not even trying to make sense anymore.
According to the End the Backlog website, which keeps tabs on unchecked rape kits in every state, there are still well over 2,000 rape kits in Texas that have not yet been tested. Abbott himself has vetoed laws that would protect children from child sex trafficking (which includes many forms of sexual assault). While most of what happens in the following clip is just an arrogant and ill-equipped politician trying not to answer a real question, the terrifying part is that Abbott – along with the rest of his Grand Old Party – can make decisions just like that The best way to get rid of all of these uncomfortable truths is to eliminate "rape" altogether – as in the concept that it is a thing that even happens.
The very real answer here is that right-wing evangelists, compulsive births, Abbott just don't believe in rape. The trauma and consequences of rape are irrelevant to the conservative movement. Like everything so-called conservative Christians believe, doing everything and doing as little as possible, praying and confessing when necessary, can hack your way to heaven. It doesn't matter what happens to the rape victims or to the unwanted child who is forced to give birth. You ticked off one of your free playing cards.
The collective cult gossip behind him is the big giveaway that the governor isn't offering anything substantial.