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Texas doctor who performed abortion is sued in test of new law

A Texas doctor who publicly stated he performed an abortion was sued Monday in state courtroom by two totally different plaintiffs, handing Texas the primary assessments of its new abortion law.

The Texas law bans abortions after about six weeks of gestation when a fetal heartbeat may be detected, and it deputizes personal residents to sue anybody they imagine could have aided such a process and gather $10,000. It went into impact Sept. 1.

Alan Braid, a San Antonio doctor, stated in a Washington Post opinion essay Saturday that he had performed an abortion in defiance of the law earlier this month.

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A former Arkansas lawyer, Oscar Stilley, who stated he is on residence confinement serving time after a tax-fraud conviction, filed a civil grievance towards the doctor Monday in Bexar County District Court. He stated he determined to sue the doctor after he learn concerning the case early Monday morning and wished to test the Texas law.

“The doctor is going to get sued,” Mr. Stilley stated. “Someone is going to get $10,000 off him. If that’s the law, I may as well get the money. If it’s not the law, let’s go to court and get it sorted out.”

Mr. Stilley stated he is neither antiabortion nor in favor of abortion rights, and never affiliated with any abortion-related political teams.

In a separate lawsuit, Felipe N. Gomez, an Illinois resident who is described in his submitting as a “pro-choice plaintiff” filed a grievance Monday morning in Bexar County. While the grievance is towards Dr. Braid, it says Mr. Gomez believes the Texas law to be unlawful and asks a courtroom to strike it down. He stated that he wasn’t in accumulating any money.

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“I’m against having someone tell me I have to get a shot or wear a mask and the same people who agree with me on that—the GOP—tell people what they can do with their bodies on the other hand,” Mr. Gomez stated. “It’s inconsistent.”

Dr. Braid couldn’t instantly be reached for remark. He stated in his essay that he understood he might face authorized penalties for the abortion he performed. “I wanted to make sure that Texas didn’t get away with its bid to prevent this blatantly unconstitutional law from being tested,” he wrote.

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