a defiant Texas The doctor has boldly made public about a new illegal abortion procedure she underwent earlier this month, saying she had a The “duty of care” for your patient and he had one The “Fundamental Right” of Abortion.
“I fully understood there could be legal consequences,” Dr. Alan Brad of San Antonio wrote in an essay in The Washington Post on Saturday. “But I wanted to make sure Texas didn’t shy away from its bid to prevent this apparently unconstitutional law from being put on trial.”
Brad began practicing medicine in 1972, a year before the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.
“In the hospital that year, I saw three teenagers die from illegal abortions,” he said. “One I will never forget. When she came to the ER, her vaginal cavity was filled with rags. She died a few days later of massive organ failure due to a septic infection.”
At Texas Medical School, “we were taught that abortion was an integral part of women’s health care,” Brad said. After Roe v. Wade in 1973, “abortion was recognized as a constitutional right, it enabled me to do what I was trained to do,” he said.
Now Brad, who has given birth to nearly 10,000 children over the years, says it’s “1972 again.”
Women who come to a breed clinic for an abortion often explain why: they can’t have another child, they’re in an abusive relationship, it’s the wrong time. The doctor wrote that several times a month women seeking abortion reports were raped.
Now women have to go out of state for abortion. Recently a patient suffered a nine-hour trip to Oklahoma. Despite the financial help, she couldn’t afford missing work to support her four children, and had no childcare options when she was away, Bride reported.
“I understand that by providing abortions beyond the new legal limit, I am taking a personal risk,” said Brad, who is currently part of a federal lawsuit against Texas sanctions initiated by the Center for Reproductive Rights.
But, he added: “I have daughters, granddaughters and nieces. I believe abortion is an essential part of health care. I have spent the last 50 years treating and helping patients. I can’t just sit back and see us back in 1972. “
The new Texas law, one of the most restrictive in the nation, bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, at a stage when most women don’t even know they are pregnant. It makes no exception for rape or incest. The new deadline means that 80% of abortions performed at Brad’s clinic can no longer be provided, he said.
Enforcement of the law has been left to civilian checkpoints who can earn a reward of up to $10,000 if they successfully sue anyone who “aids” and abets an illegal abortion, from doctors to clinics. staff, even a friend who takes a patient to the clinic. The reports are currently being handled largely by right-wing evangelical group Texas Right to Life.
Responding to Brad’s article, a Texas Right to Life spokesperson told the San Antonio Express-News on Saturday: “We are fully aware of this and intend to Hold the violator of the law accountable. The first step is making sure that there has been an actual breach.”