A Texas abortionist declared his illegal practice in a Washington Post op-ed in an effort to put the state’s latest controversial abortion legislation to the test.
Alan Braid wrote, “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 continued, “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.”
SB 8, the Texas Heartbeat Act, prohibits abortionists from killing babies with detectable heartbeats. In the womb, the development of a heartbeat may occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The legislation does not impose consequences on women who receive abortions, rather it penalizes abortionists and abortion-enablers for instance, Planned Parenthood workers.
It also offers a monetary reward of up to $10,000 to those who report illegal abortions. Braid’s case will determine how SB 8 is implemented and set a legal standard for future violations of the Texas Heartbeat Act.
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