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PostSan Antonio Physician Defies Texas Abortion Ban (Leo Goldberger, USA, 09/21/21 3:22 am)
The recent news of a rare moral hero these tragic days ought to receive much laudatory publicity--namely Dr. Alan Braid of San Antonio, Texas!
In publicly protesting and defying the outrageous, inhumane Texas law, he performed a forbidden abortion. While the Texas state law is likely to be reversed once the US Attorney General's lawsuit against it on constitutional grounds is adjudicated, one can only hope and wish that many more Texas doctors will follow Dr. Braid's example of moral courage.
There are limits to the extent of "official authority," if that authority is clearly out of bounds of human welfare. Just think back to the fascist regimes--that were all backed by their own "laws," causing millions of people their deaths.
JE comments: Dr Braid published an op-ed in the Washington Post, "Why I Violated Texas's Extreme Abortion Ban." Just yesterday he was sued under the "vigilante" clause of the law, which allows (any) private citizen to bring suit against physicians defying the new restrictions. The payday is $10,000, and the plaintiff in this case is a disbarred lawyer in Arkansas.
A question for WAISdom's lawyers: isn't proving harm, as in harm to the plaintiff, a requirement for civil suits? Is there any precedent for this third-party type of litigation?
Prediction: The Texas law will make its way to the Supreme Court. At first glance Roe v Wade is doomed given the present composition of the court, but who knows what will happen. Nobody expected the Affordable Care Act to survive the SC challenge, either.