This past Saturday, a doctor in Texas stated that he intentionally and purposefully performed an illegal abortion, which goes directly against the state’s new pro-life law which bans any abortion procedures after the sixth week of the pregnancy or as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be found.
An OB/GYN out of San Antonio, Alan Braid, put out an op-ed for The Washington Post that he titled, “Why I violated Texas’s extreme abortion ban.” While talking about his career in Texas, braid stated, “When the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Roe v. Wade in 1973, recognizing abortion as a constitutional right, it enabled me to do the job I was trained to do.”
He added, “For the next 45 years — not including the two years I was away in the Air Force — I was a practicing OB/GYN in Texas, conducting Pap smears, pelvic exams, and pregnancy check-ups; delivering more than 10,000 babies; and providing abortion care at clinics I opened in Houston and San Antonio, and another in Oklahoma.”
Braid continued on to explain that it was “1072 all over again” for him in the wake of the new Texas law passing, which led to him intentionally performing an abortion for a woman who was “beyond the state’s new limit.” he went on to argue that he “acted because [he] 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.”
The doctor also made sure to include a few anecdotal bits of information concerning his patients who have come to him seeking abortions, stating that the majority of them are mothers, with most of them being between the ages of 18 and 30. he went on to add that quite a few times a month a woman will come in and tell the abortion provider that he had been raped, and more often than not, does not report the crime to the police.
“I understand that by providing an abortion beyond the new legal limit, I am taking a personal risk, but it’s something I believe in strongly. Represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights, my clinics are among the plaintiffs in an ongoing federal lawsuit to stop S.B. 8.,” stated the doctor going on to add that he has daughters, granddaughters, and nieces and stands behind his stance that abortion is “an essential part of health care.”
The legislative director for Texas Right to Life, John Seago, stated that the group “is exploring all of our options to hold anyone accountable who breaks the (Texas) law,” as reported by The Washington Post.
“This is obviously a stunt to move forward with other legal attacks on the law,” he stated about the piece from Braid. “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.”