Texas doctor admits to flouting state’s new abortion ban: ‘I had a duty’

A doctor in Texas has admitted to carrying out abortions, despite the state’s recently enacted ban on the procedure. 

San Antonio OB-GYN Alan Braid wrote a Washington Post op-ed bragging about how he is still performing abortions past six weeks, The Daily Wire reported.

“A duty of care”

The Texas law makes it illegal to perform abortions after a fetus has a traceable heartbeat, or at about six weeks of gestation. The ban has electrified America’s culture wars, bringing promises from Joe Biden to oppose the “un-American” ban with every ounce of federal power.

A distinctive feature of the abortion ban is that it allows private individuals to sue abortion doctors and others who facilitate abortions, a set-up that Biden and others have called an attempt to dodge judicial review.

Now, it appears that abortion rights activists are working to get the law overturned — by breaking it.

In a Washington Post article, Braid acknowledged that he is still performing abortions beyond the legal limit out of what he called a “duty” to protect the “fundamental right” to abortion.

“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,” he wrote for the Post.

Pro-life group slams “stunt”

Braid’s clinics are being represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights in a legal challenge to the law, The Daily Wire notes.

Pro-life groups say they anticipated this response and are prepared to fight back. John Seago, legislative director for Texas Right to Life, called out Braid’s “stunt” as an attempt to “bait” Texas into the courtroom and strike down the law.

“This is obviously a stunt to move forward with other legal attacks on the law,” he said, according to The Daily Wire. “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.”

Right on time, the first lawsuit has been filed against Braid — and it’s from someone seeking to invalidate the Texas law, not uphold it.

This comes after a judge last week dismissed a demand from Biden’s Justice Department to stop the law from being enforced, saying it raises “complex” questions that must be addressed in court.

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