A doctor in the U.S. state of Texas has been sued by two former lawyers for violating very strict abortion laws in the state. The cases are primarily designed to test the law.
In the new Texan Abortion Act, which has been in force since the beginning of this month, abortion is only possible after about six weeks under very strict conditions.
The law also states that people who support an illegal abortion must pay $10,000 to whoever reports them and wins the lawsuit.
‘We’re back in 1972‘
Alan Braid, a doctor working in the city of San Antonio, wrote in a column in The Washington Post newspaper on Saturday that he deliberately ignored the law in an abortion on September 6th in a woman who was still in her first timester of her pregnancy, but with whom an abortion according to the new law was illegal. According to Braid, the woman had “a fundamental right to receive this concern”.
The doctor wrote in his column “fully understand” the possible consequences of his action.
According to him, the new law no longer allows 80 percent of the abortions he normally performed. “And with that we are back in 1972, Braid said about the year he started working as a newly graduated doctor, when abortions were pretty much forbidden. He saw teenagers die from illegal abortions during those years.
On Monday, former attorneys in Arkansas and Illinois were found to have sued Braid. The Arkansas lawyer said he was not pertinent against abortion. He particularly wanted clarity on the law with his case for “all nervous doctors” who fear going bankrupt after an abortion, he told AP news agency.
The other lawyer asked the court to declare the law unconstitutional in his indictment. He thinks the government is crossing a border with the law.
‘s largest anti-abortion group, Texas Right to Life, criticizes both the charges and Braids column. They suspect that the column was intended to fuel such things.
President Biden has previously called Texan law “bizarre and extreme”. He promised that his federal government would look for opportunities to give Texan women access to safe and legal abortion. The government has now launched a lawsuit against Texas to review the law against the US Constitution.