Mere days after its launch, the anti-abortion website that encouraged people to anonymously snitch on Texans who have helped someone get an abortion after six weeks was already having trouble staying online.
While Texas Right to Life appears to have momentarily given up trying to bring their website back to life a third time, it didn’t take long for an imitator to take its place. Gab CEO Andrew Torba created the group — called “Pro Life Whistleblower” — himself, on Gab (no matter that Gab is hosted by Epik, and Epik has seemingly made clear that such an endeavor violates its ToS). “Being that GoDaddy is deplatforming the Pro-Life Whistleblower website, I made a Gab group with the same purpose to document any illegal abortion clinics in Texas and also to share pro-life news,” Torba wrote in a September 3rd post, providing a link to the new group for his 3.3 million Gab followers.
In the days since Torba created the group, more than 700 members have joined the forum, which so far is mostly a collection of anti-abortion links and ranting. As of publishing, the closest its members have gotten to naming individuals they believe to “aid or abet” in abortions is a post that links to a site that outlines the address and contact information for a Google board member who lobbied for stem-cell research, a post linking to a pro-choice Instagram user and the emails of a few Lyft employees in response to the company pushing back against Texas’ ban on abortion.
Still, it’s out there, and given that it’s housed on the very platform the creator of the group also founded, it’s hard to believe it’s going anywhere anytime soon, unless it’s hounded by Shrek porn or Epik steps in again.