Texas Doctor Sued After Providing Abortion in Defiance of New Law

Headline Roundup September 21st, 2021

In an opinion piece published by the Washington Post (Lean Left bias) on Saturday, a Texas doctor said he recently performed an abortion in violation of the state's new controversial abortion law. Dr. Alan Braid wrote in the column that he “had a duty of care to this patient.” The law prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Two lawsuits had been filed against Braid as of Tuesday; neither lawsuit is explicitly pro-life, and lawyers have described them as tests of the law's constitutionality. The law allows anyone to sue a doctor or anyone else who aids in the abortion process for damages of up to $10,000.

Left-rated outlets were more likely to frame Braid's actions as bold and highlight other individuals who are attempting to invalidate the abortion law. Right-rated outlets were more likely to emphasize how Braid "deliberately violated" the law and include quotes from people who opposed the move.

From the Center

A Texas doctor who admitted to breaking the state's new abortion legislation has been sued, in what could be a test of how lawful the mandate is.

Writing for the Washington Post, Alan Braid said he had carried out a termination on a woman who was in the early stages of her pregnancy but "beyond the state's new limit".

Former lawyers in Arkansas and Illinois filed lawsuits against him on Monday.

The new legislation bans abortions from as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

The law came into effect...

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From the Right

Two people have separately lodged lawsuits against the Texas physician who announced in a recent opinion piece that he violated a state law that prohibits conducting abortion procedures after a fetal heartbeat has been detected.

However, the lawsuits are not being waged by pro-lifers who want to stamp out the practice of abortion.

The state law allows people to lodge a civil action against anyone who conducts or induces an abortion in breach of the law. It also allows for a civil action against those who knowingly participate in activity that "aids or abets...

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From the Left

A San Antonio doctor who wrote a Washington Post op-ed claiming that he had violated Texas' six-week abortion ban now faces at least two lawsuits brought against him under the ban, both brought by plaintiffs who say they oppose the new law.

One lawsuit was filed Monday by Oscar Stilley, a former tax attorney in Arkansas who is serving a home confinement sentence for a federal conviction on tax crimes.

He filed the lawsuit against the physician, Dr. Alan Braid, in Bexar County.

In a phone interview with CNN, Stilley said he...

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