Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that abortion providers will continue to refuse to perform abortions due to limited exceptions to an existing law during a Fox News Sunday interview with Chris Wallace on June 10.
Since becoming governor in 2016, Abbott has made a priority of a law limiting access to abortion in Texas. However, new data suggests that in the 20 months after the law passed in 2016, more than 15,000 rapes took place, with an untold number of rapists being reported, according to data released by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
This led to questions from Wallace about Abbott’s promise to not “reduce access to any legal service by any government agency or law.”
“I don’t know what my desire or lack of ability to make other government agencies not do their job, would do to change that kind of activity,” Abbott said, while Wallace pressed for an answer.
Abbott refused to budge.
“All I can tell you is that we are obviously committed to the measure we put in place. We will never change that,” Abbott said.
Abbott also said that the number of abortions and rape cases have both decreased since the current law was enacted.