Texas Doctor Says He Performed an Abortion in Defiance of New State Law - The New York Times
Sep 19, 2021 1 min, 28 secs
In an opinion essay in The Washington Post titled “Why I violated Texas’s extreme abortion ban,” Dr.

Alan Braid wrote, “I am taking a personal risk, but it’s something I believe in strongly.”.

A Texas doctor disclosed on Saturday that he had performed an abortion in defiance of a new state law that bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, setting up a potential test case of one of the most restrictive abortion measures in the nation.

In an opinion essay published in The Washington Post under the headline “Why I violated Texas’s extreme abortion ban,” the doctor, Alan Braid, who has been performing abortions for more than 40 years, said that he performed one on Sept.

Braid wrote.

“I understand that by providing an abortion beyond the new legal limit, I am taking a personal risk, but it’s something I believe in strongly,” Dr.

Braid wrote.

8 threatens to unleash against those providing or supporting access to constitutionally protected abortion care,” she said in a statement.

The Texas abortion law, known as Senate Bill 8, amounts to a nearly complete ban on abortion in the state. It prohibits most abortions after about six weeks of preganancy and makes no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from incest or rape.

The Supreme Court refused just before midnight on Wednesday to block a Texas law prohibiting most abortions, less than a day after it took effect and became the most restrictive abortion measure in the nation.

Braid declined to say whether the woman whose abortion he performed on Sept.

He said that he had consulted with lawyers from the Center for Reproductive Rights and hoped that, by publicly stating that he had performed an abortion, he might contribute to the campaign to invalidate the law.

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