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A doctor in Texas who admitted to performing an abortion in violation of the state’s new law was sued on Monday, marking the first case that will test the constitutionality of the more restrictive measure.

An Arkansas man filed a complaint against Alan Braid, a San Antonio physician, as a way to test out a portion of the new law that allows private citizens to enforce the ban on abortions performed after six weeks of pregnancy.

The article goes on to state the following:

Braid said he performed the abortion five days after the Texas law went into effect earlier this month because he believed he had “a duty of care to this patient.”

Former attorneys in Arkansas and Illinois filed lawsuits against Dr. Alan Braid as the law says the restriction can only be enforced through private lawsuits, the Associated Press reported.

From the AP:

Oscar Stilley, who described himself as a former lawyer who lost his law license after being convicted of tax fraud in 2010, said he is not opposed to abortion but sued to force a court review of Texas’ anti-abortion law, which he called an “end-run.”

“I don’t want doctors out there nervous and sitting there and quaking in their boots and saying, ‘I can’t do this because if this thing works out, then I’m going to be bankrupt,’” Stilley, of Cedarville, Arkansas, told The Associated Press.

The law prohibits abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, which is usually around six weeks and before some women even know they are pregnant. Prosecutors cannot take criminal action against Braid, because the law explicitly forbids that. The only way the ban can be enforced is through lawsuits brought by private citizens, who are entitled to claim at least $10,000 in damages if successful.

In a weekend Washington Post opinion column, Braid publicly reveal that he violated the law that took effect on Sept. 1.

“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,” Braid wrote.

”The Texas doctor who performed an abortion is sued by a felon on house arrest who wants to claim the $10,000 bounty for ‘turning him in,’ setting up a major court battle that will put Governor Abbott’s ban to the constitutional test. RT IF YOU SUPPORT THE DOCTOR!” Occupy Democrats tweeted.

Several outlets pointed out that this lawsuit will test the new law.

”Doctor who violated Texas’s ban on abortions after six weeks is sued, launching first test of whether law is constitutional.” — The Washington Post

“A Texas doctor who wrote an op-ed claiming he violated the state’s six-week abortion ban now faces a lawsuit brought against him under the ban.” — CNN Breaking News

“A Texas doctor who said he performed an abortion was sued in state court, handing Texas a test of its new law.” — The Wall Street Journal

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  1. So sad that people are protesting and complaining about the right to kill their babies. Maybe they should get themselves fixed and eliminate the problem !

  2. The article states that most women do not even know they are pregnant before/by 6 weeks. But what they absolutely DO KNOW is that they have been sexually active, that they have not used a contraceptive, or morning after pill if, say, a condom burst. Babies in most cases are the consequences of being reckless about not taking precautions. So the idea that women DON’T KNOW they hold a good chance of being pregnant doesn’t hold muster.

  3. When this doctor got his license, he got it to save lives…He is a killer and those type of people should be in jail or put them in an electric chair…What is the different between Hitler and this doctor? They are both killers….yes or no?


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