Oscar Stilley, who described himself as a former lawyer who lost his lawyer’s license after being convicted of tax evasion in 2010, said he was not opposed to abortion but had filed a lawsuit to force a judicial review of Texas’ anti-abortion law, which he called “the end of the game.”
“I don’t want the doctors to be nervous and sit there and shake in their boots and say, ‘I can’t do this because if it works then I’m going to go bankrupt,'” Stilley, from Cedarville, Arkansas, said. told The Associated Press.
The law prohibits abortions once healthcare professionals can detect heart activity, which is usually around six weeks and before some women even know they are pregnant. Prosecutors cannot initiate criminal proceedings against Braid, as the law explicitly prohibits it. The only way the ban can be enforced is through lawsuits brought by private citizens, who are entitled to claim at least $ 10,000 in damages if successful.
Legal experts had said Braid’s admission was likely to set up yet another test of whether the law could stand after the Supreme Court allowed it to come into force.
“Being sued puts him in a position… that he will be able to defend the action against him by saying the law is unconstitutional,” said Carol Sanger, professor of law at Columbia University in New York. York.
Braid wrote that on September 6, he performed an abortion on a woman who was still in her first trimester but beyond the new state limit.
“I fully understood that there could be legal consequences – but I wanted to make sure Texas didn’t get away with its attempt to prevent this blatantly unconstitutional law from being tested,” Braid wrote.