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Texas Supreme Court pauses ruling allowing pregnant woman to have an abortion

Texas Supreme Court suspended the sentence A lower court ruled that a pregnant woman could have an abortion.

On Friday, the court announced it was suspending a district court's Thursday ruling that allowed 31-year-old Katie Cox to have an abortion. At 20 weeks into her pregnancy, Cox's fetus was diagnosed with complete trisomy. Complete trisomy is a disease that causes miscarriage, stillbirth, or death of the infant within hours, days, or weeks after birth.

“The petition for writ of mandamus and the motion for temporary relief remain pending before the court,” the Texas Supreme Court said in its decision.

Cox said her doctors told her that carrying her pregnancy to term would likely require a Caesarean section or delivery, which could cause serious injuries. In Cox's case, if labor is induced, she could face uterine rupture due to a previous C-section. Additionally, having a C-section can put your future fertility at risk.

“While we still hope that the court will ultimately deny the state's request and act quickly, we are concerned that in this case, a delay could mean justice is denied. ,” said Molly Duane, a senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, who is representing Cox. Case, Said In a press release. “We're talking about emergency medical care. Kate is already 20 weeks pregnant. This is why people don't have to beg for medical care in court.”

The Lone Star State outlaws all abortions starting at conception. There is also a “reward law'' that provides rewards to private citizens who sue those who assist in abortions.

According to the Associated Press, Texas Attorney General Paxton's office told the court, “If a plaintiff or his/her representative performs and proceeds with an abortion in violation of Texas law, future criminal and civil proceedings will be prohibited. We cannot restore the lives lost.”

Hill contacted the Texas Attorney General's Office and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

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