(Worthy News) – In what will be a test case to assess the legality of Texas’ new law banning abortion after six weeks, a doctor in San Antonio has become the first person to be sued for violating the legislation, the Guardian reports. After publicly stating he had violated the law by carrying out a first-trimester abortion on September 6, Dr. Alan Braid received notification he is being sued by two former lawyers in Arkansas and Illinois respectively.
The new Texas law is controversial not only because it bans abortion before many women know they are pregnant, but also because the state has given all US citizens the right to sue anyone who helps a woman get an abortion (even driving her to a clinic or advising her as a spiritual counselor) for a possible award of over $10,000. The state cannot enforce the law itself because of the 1973 Roe v Wade US Supreme Court case allowing abortion before viability, and so has passed the responsibility onto citizens. The law has raised fears about the proliferation of a vigilante culture and of bounty hunting.