“I understand that I take personal risks by providing abortion beyond the new legal limits, which I strongly believe in,” writes Dr. Blade. ..
Nancy Nosap, president and chief executive officer of the Center for Reproductive Rights, who has already represented Dr. Blade in a court case pending at the clinic, said in a statement, “We bravely confronted this blatantly unconstitutional law. “.
“We are ready to protect him from vigilant proceedings threatening to release SB8 to those who provide or support access to constitutionally protected abortion care,” she said in a statement. ..
A representative of Governor Greg Abbott, who signed the bill, and Texas Light to Life, an anti-abortion group seeking advice to doctors who may be violating the new law, immediately sent an email asking for comment. Did not reply. Saturday.
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In an interview on Saturday, Dr. Blade did not say whether the woman who had the abortion on September 6 was informed that her procedure could be part of a test case against the new law. .. “I’m never going to answer questions about patients,” he said.
He hoped to contribute to the campaign to invalidate the law by stating that he had consulted with a lawyer at the Center for Reproductive Rights and publicly stating that he had had an abortion.
“I hope the law is overturned. If this does it, it’s great,” he said.
In his opinion essay, Dr. Blade said at San Antonio Hospital on July 1, 1972, just before the Roe v. Wade case, which was a 1973 decision that established his career the constitutional right to abortion. He said he started as an obstetrician and gynecologist.