Texas doctor acknowledges performing abortion in violation of new Texas law, says 'duty of care'

Dr. Alan Braid made revelation in opinion story published Saturday in Washington Post. 
An ultrasound machine at a women's clinic for examining pregnant women
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A Texas doctor says he recently performed an abortion in violation of the state's recently enacted law that bans most such procedures past six weeks of pregnancy, arguing he "had a duty of care to this patient." 

Dr. Alan Braid made the revelation in an opinion story published Saturday in The Washington Post

The San Antonio-based physician said he performed the procedure Sept. 6 – five days after the law went into effect.

He said the woman was in her first trimester but "beyond the state’s new limit." 

"I acted because I had a duty of care to this patient, as I do for all patients, and because she has a fundamental right to receive this care," said Braid, who’s been practicing OB/GYN for over four decades.