Man Confronts Greg Abbott Outside Restaurant Over Texas Abortion Law

A man in Texas has been filmed confronting Governor Greg Abbott about the state's new and highly restrictive abortion law.

The recently enacted abortion law effectively bans the procedure for women in Texas once fetal cardiac activity is detected—usually, around six weeks of pregnancy, which is before most people even know they're pregnant.

In a video posted to TikTok under the handle EricKatzenberger, a man can be seen shaking hands with Abbott before openly criticizing the introduction of the law.

The man in the clip, which has been viewed 122,000 times, has been identified by the San Antonio Express as Eric Katzenberger, 34.

In the video, he can be heard feigning excitement as Abbott approaches the outside of a restaurant.

"Oh my God, is that the governor? Are you the governor?" he asks as Abbott comes towards him. "Yeah," he responds, smiling offering to shake Katzenberger's hand.

"Oh my God," Katzenberger says again as he takes Abbott's hand. It quickly becomes apparent, however, that Katzenberger has very different intentions to what Abbott may have been expecting.

Maintaining his faux-excitable demeanor, Katzenberger asks: "Why would you sign a law telling women whether they can have an abortion or not? That makes you a douchebag."

A caption overlaying the clip states: "Met Gov Abbott today. Told him he's a d-bag for signing that law." The video can be viewed here.

According to the San Antonio Express, the incident took place outside Harper's Restaurant in Dallas. Katzenberger, who runs the business Alt Linen, was servicing linens for a hotel across the street from the restaurant when he spotted Abbott.

His video was originally uploaded to a friend's account, where it reportedly generated as many as 6 million views. After seeing the reaction, Katzenberger decided to join TikTok and share it himself.

Commenting on the viral clip, Diane Treider branded Katzenberger a "hero" for confronting Abbott. "We need more men speaking out and speaking to power," she wrote.

Memtselfqndi wrote: "No man should be able to tell a woman what she can and can't do with her body," while iamcloudss said: "On behalf of all the women in the world, thank you."

According to a follow-up message posted in the comments section by Katzenberger, Abbott did not say anything in response but instead looked at him "with a WTF expression on his face."

Despite the widespread support for his actions among those commenting on the post, there were some who spoke up in favor of the law.

One user, posting as Shelby, wrote: "Abortion is murder! So happy he is doing his best to protect the most innocent among us."

Newsweek has contacted Katzenberger and Abbott for comment.

The changes to abortion laws in Texas have drawn widespread criticism, with everyone from rapper Megan Thee Stallion to the American Medical Association hitting out at the law.

Meanwhile, the governor has courted fresh controversy this week after announcing a ban on all vaccine mandates across the state.

Governor Greg Abbott announcing reopening of businesses.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announcing the reopening of more Texas businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020 - the Republican was confronted by a Dallas man over the weekend with a video of their encounter subsequently going viral. Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty