See important update below!
By Cheryl Sullenger
Texas abortionist Alan Braid penned a public opinion article that was published in the Washington Post over the weekend in which he admitted to having committed an illegal first trimester abortion on a woman who was “beyond” the limits in the new Texas Heartbeat Act, which prohibits abortions after the heartbeat of the baby in the womb can be detected, which is usually around six weeks gestation.
“Because Braid publicly admitted guilt in violating Texas law by killing a baby whose life was protected by that duly enacted law, Operation Rescue has filed a complaint with the Texas Medical Board seeking an immediate emergency suspension of Braid’s Texas medical license,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “The emergency suspension is necessary to prevent him from further illegal conduct and to ensure the protection of innocent lives.”
Braid, who operates the Alamo City Surgery Center, an abortion facility located in San Antonio, Texas, noted in his public opinion article that the abortion took place on September 6, 2021, just five days after the Texas Heartbeat Act went into effect.
Braid was part of a team of abortionists who are challenging the constitutionality of the new law. On September 1, the U.S. Supreme Court denied their motion for an injunction to block enforcement of the Texas Heartbeat Act.
In his September 18, 2021, Washington Post confession, Braid stated:
Then, this month, everything changed. A new Texas law, known as S.B. 8, virtually banned any abortion beyond about the sixth week of pregnancy. It shut down about 80 percent of the abortion services we provide. Anyone who suspects I have violated the new law can sue me for at least $10,000. They could also sue anybody who helps a person obtain an abortion past the new limit, including, apparently, the driver who brings a patient to my clinic.
For me, it is 1972 all over again.
And that is why, on the morning of Sept. 6, I provided an abortion to a woman who, though still in her first trimester, was beyond the state’s new limit. I acted because I had a duty of care to this patient, as do for all patients, and because she has a fundamental right to receive this care.
“Braid was clear about his vested interest in challenging the law. He is losing money. He says clearly that he has lost eighty percent of his business due to the new law. That makes the illegal killing of that innocent baby all about making sure his pockets continue to be lined with blood money,” said Newman.
The complaint lodged today by Operation Rescue states:
The intentional taking the life of an innocent child whose life is under the protection of the law is a permanent and egregious loss that cannot be restored. It cannot be rectified. It cannot be undone. That human being is lost forever, and that loss represents a grievous crime that cannot be tolerated in the name of civil disobedience, political theater, or financial profit. It would certainly not be tolerated at any other stage of life in Texas.
Operation Rescue further plans to file a complaint against the Alamo City Surgery Center, where the illegal abortion apparently took place.
The Texas Heartbeat Act specifically allows any citizen to file a civil lawsuit against anyone who violates the act or aids and abets the violation of the new law.
Braid has made it clear that he has retained attorneys and is hoping to be sued.
However, instead of giving Braid the satisfaction granting his wishes, Operation Rescue has opted instead to file regulatory complaints against Braid and his abortion business because violations of the law are matters that qualify for disciplinary action up to and including the revocation of licensing.
“I hope and pray that the innocent child that was brutally and illegally killed by Alan Braid will be the last human being he ever harms,” said Newman. “His defiance to the law and his overt behavior in violation of it makes him a danger to babies in the womb who are now protected by law, to their mothers, and to the public in general that is affected by his lawless conduct.”
UPDATE! The Texas Medical Board (TMB) closed Operation Rescue’s initial complaint on September 29, 2021, noting that it does not have the authority to enforce the Texas Heartbeat Act. However, that complaint never asked the TMB to enforce the new law. Because of the TMB’s misunderstanding of that complaint, Operation Rescue submitted a second, new complaint, on October 6, clarifying that we are not seeking enforcement of the Heartbeat Act. We are seeking disciplinary action under the Texas Occupational Code, which allows for disciplinary action against licensed physicians who commit violations of state and federal laws. (See new complaint narrative below.)
- Read Operation Rescue’s Second Complaint against Braid with clarification that we are NOT asking for the TMB to enforce the Texas Heartbeat Act, but rather enforce violations of the Texas Occupational Code.
- Read Operation Rescue’s Letter of Complaint against Braid. (Closed by the TMB.)
- Read Braid’s Washington Post confession.
- Learn more about Alan Braid on AbortionDocs.org.
- Learn more about the Alamo City Surgery Center on AbortionDocs.org.