A Texas physician admitted in a national op-ed for the Washington Post that he performed an illegal abortion on a woman in defiance of the new Texas law that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Dr. Alan Braid says that he fully understands there could be legal consequences, and that he could also be sued for $10,000.  

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What The Doctor Has To Say

Dr. Braid’s op-ed paints an apocalyptic picture of a world where women are not allowed abort babies.

Braid writes, “For me, it is 1972 all over again.” 

“And that is why, on the morning of Sept. 6, I provided an abortion to a woman who, though still in her first trimester, was beyond the state’s new limit. I acted because I had a duty of care to this patient, as I do for all patients, and because she has a fundamental right to receive this care.”

Braid makes his intent fairly clear – he wants to kick off the legal challenges to the Texas law: “I fully understood that there could be legal consequences — but I wanted to make sure that Texas didn’t get away with its bid to prevent this blatantly unconstitutional law from being tested.”

Though Braid claims that “several times a month,” he has rape victims seek abortions, he inadvertently reveals the most common use of abortion:

“Though we never ask why someone has come to our clinic, they often tell us. They’re finishing school or they already have three children, they’re in an abusive relationship, or it’s just not time. A majority are mothers. Most are between 18 and 30.”

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Legal Test Case

According to the Dallas Morning News, Texas Right To Life legislative director John Seago stated that his group “is exploring all of our options to hold anyone accountable who breaks the [Texas] law.”

Seago continued, “This was always something that we expected — that someone would essentially try to bait a lawsuit, so we’re just moving into the next phase of Senate Bill 8 right now.”

Nancy Northrup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, says that they are ready to defend Dr. Braid: “We stand ready to defend him against the vigilante lawsuits that S.B. 8 threatens to unleash against those providing or supporting access to constitutionally protected abortion care.”

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Biden Admin Attacks Texas Law

Last week, the Biden Justice Department filed an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order blocking the law, which went into effect Sept. 1.

Just days later, the DOJ filed a lawsuit against Texas over the law. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland called it “clearly unconstitutional.” 

Garland also stated that he would use the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, “in order to protect the constitutional rights of women and other persons, including access to an abortion.”

 

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