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Doctor Who Performed An Abortion Despite State Laws Says He Won't Stop Even If He Gets Sued For $10K

Doctor Who Performed An Abortion Despite State Laws Says He Won't Stop Even If He Gets Sued For $10K

“I fully understood that there could be legal consequences,” Braid wrote, “but I wanted to make sure that Texas didn’t get away with its bid to prevent this blatantly unconstitutional law from being tested.”

Dr. Alan Braid has been an OB/GYN in Texas since 1972, and in wake of the regressive abortion ban in the country, Braid is continuing to perform abortions, thus violating the law. In a compelling op-ed piece, he wrote for The Washington Post, Braid that he has deliberately defied the new law because he strongly believes that every woman has “a fundamental right to receive this care.”

"Anyone who suspects I have violated the new law can sue me for at least $10,000. They could also sue anybody who helps a person obtain an abortion past the new limit, including, apparently, the driver who brings a patient to my clinic." Patients themselves cannot be sued, however. 

“I fully understood that there could be legal consequences,” Braid wrote, “but I wanted to make sure that Texas didn’t get away with its bid to prevent this blatantly unconstitutional law from being tested.”



 

 

Braid went on to write about how, when he began his residency in San Antonio in 1972, abortions were still completely illegal in Texas. He saw three teenagers die from abortions that year. Of one, he wrote, “I will never forget. When she came into the ER, her vaginal cavity was packed with rags. She died a few days later from massive organ failure, caused by a septic infection.” 

It was the year before the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade.  

Roe v. Wade, he wrote, “enabled me to do the job I was trained to do.” Then, this month, “everything changed” with the Supreme Court decision not to block the Texas law.



 

 

The new abortion law in Texas forbids any woman to get an abortion six weeks into the pregnancy, which is when a heartbeat is said to be detected. Here's where it gets problematic- not many people know they're pregnant until after 6 weeks. The bill came into effect on September 1, 2021. And, as Braid pointed out, the new law makes no exceptions for survivors of rape.

It's not like this doesn't happen, because he says that assault victims in need of pregnancy termination make appointments with his office every month. "Several times a month, a woman confides that she is having the abortion because she has been raped. Sometimes, she reports it to the police; more often, she doesn’t."

Even then, if a woman doesn't want to carry a child to term, then it should be her decision, added Braid. 

“They’re finishing school or they already have three children, they’re in an abusive relationship, or it’s just not time,” he wrote. “A majority are mothers. Most are between 18 and 30. Many are struggling financially—more than half qualify for some form of financial aid from us."

He then concluded his powerful piece by writing: "I believe abortion is an essential part of health care. I have spent the past 50 years treating and helping patients. I can’t just sit back and watch us return to 1972.”

According to New York Post, Nancy Northup, president and chief executive of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is already representing Dr. Braid in his clinics’ pending lawsuit, said in a statement that he had “courageously stood up against this blatantly unconstitutional law.”

“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,” she said in a statement.