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Damla Karsan, a Houston-based OB-GYN (C) speaks during a press conference outside the Travis County Courthouse on July 19, 2023 in Austin, Texas.Dr. Damla Karsan was filled with a mixture of anger, fear, and anxiety. It was a Thursday in early December, and Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, in an unprecedented move, had threatened the OB-GYN—and the hospitals where she worked—with prosecution if they helped Kate Cox, a 31-year-old woman with a nonviable and life-threatening pregnancy, obtain emergency abortion care. Karsan’s thoughts immediately shifted to her women’s health practice in downtown Houston: How would she pay the rent? Or pay her staff? And most importantly, what would happen to her patients?“I was really nervous. I did not want to be forced to give up my practice and caring for my patients,” Karsan, who has been an abortion care provider in Texas for more than two decades, told…

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