“I understand that by offering an abortion beyond the new legal limit I’m taking a personal risk, but it’s something I firmly believe in,” wrote Dr Braid.
Nancy Northup, chief executive officer of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is already representing Dr Braid in the pending trial of its clinics, said in a statement that he “courageously stood up against this blatantly unconstitutional law” .
“We stand ready to defend it against the lawsuits that SB 8 threatens to unleash against those who provide or support access to constitutionally protected abortion care,” she said in a statement.
Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group that sought advice on any doctors who might break the new law, said in a statement that it was “reviewing this claim but we doubt it is a simple one. legal blow. ”
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“The abortion industry has rolled back its 16 previous attempts to prevent this law from saving lives so far and it could be another attempt,” the group said. “However, there is a four-year statute of limitations for any violation and the Pro-Life movement is working to ensure that the Texas Heartbeat Act is fully enforced. “
In an interview on Saturday, Dr Braid declined to say whether the woman whose abortion he performed on September 6 had been told that his procedure could be part of a test case against the new law. “I am not going to answer questions about the patient under any circumstances,” he said.
He said he had consulted with lawyers at the Center for Reproductive Rights and hoped that by publicly declaring that he had had an abortion, he could contribute to the campaign to invalidate the law.