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Why Anti-Abortion Groups Won’t Sue the Texas Doc Who Flouted the Ban

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Texas anti-abortion groups are taking no action against a doctor who revealed he terminated a pregnancy after six weeks in violation of a new state ban, bizarrely claiming there is no proof any law was broken.

The organizations—which pushed for the law that Dr. Alan Braid freely admits he flouted—seem to be playing a tortured game of semantics to avoid triggering a legal mechanism that could end with the ban being declared unconstitutional.

Braid has been sued since he went public with an op-ed in The Washington Post over the weekend, hoping that a suit against him would result in the law being struck down. But the plaintiffs are two men who don’t oppose abortion and just want the courts to weigh in.

On Monday, Texas Right to Life—which previously created a website to catch violators of the law—actually bragged that neither of the suits against Braid had come from within their movement. They dismissed Braid’s op-ed as “purely a legal and publicity ploy” and the suits against him as “self-serving legal stunts.”

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Texas Right to Life legislative director John Seago claimed the op-ed—which is headlined “Why I Violated Texas’s Extreme Abortion Ban”—did not provide enough evidence that Braid broke the law. He said the only information Braid provided about the abortion in question was that it was performed Sept. 6 on a woman who was “beyond the state’s new limit.” Seago claimed this was a willful misreading of the law, which prevents........

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