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A doctor in Texas says he broke the law and performed an abortion: 'I can't just sit back and watch us return to 1972'

Added 09-19-21 02:14:02am EST - “Dr. Alan Braid said "I saw three teenagers die from illegal abortions" during his residency in 1972, the year before the Roe v. Wade ruling.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “A doctor in Texas says he broke the law and performed an abortion: 'I can't just sit back and watch us return to 1972'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A doctor said he broke Texas' restrictive new law and performed an abortion, explaining his decision in an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Saturday.

Dr. Alan Braid, who provides abortion care in San Antonio, said he has spent nearly 45 years as a practicing OB/GYN in Texas, during which time he delivered 10,000 babies, conducted Pap smears and pelvic exams, and performed abortions.

"Then, this month, everything changed," Braid wrote, citing the controversial Texas law that took effect on September 1 that banned all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy with no exemptions for rape or incest. 

"It shut down about 80 percent of the abortion services we provide," he said, adding that the law also allows him to be sued for at least $10,000.

But Braid said that on the morning of September 6, he performed an abortion for a woman who was in her first trimester but past the limit set by the new law.

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