Texas Woman Files Lawsuit to Terminate Pregnancy

A Texas woman has filed an emergency lawsuit asking a Travis County judge to allow her to have an abortion.

According to reports texas tribuneKate Cox, a 31-year-old Dallas woman, wants to terminate her pregnancy after being diagnosed with full trisomy 18 last week (November 28). This condition is a chromosomal abnormality that is almost always fatal before or shortly after her birth.

The fetus developed an umbilical hernia, twisted vertebrae, clubfeet, and an irregular skull and heart, according to the lawsuit. Cox previously had a Caesarean section when giving birth to her two children, and she also has high blood sugar levels and underlying health conditions.

The lawsuit alleges that carrying her current pregnancy to term would put Cox at increased risk for gestational hypertension, diabetes, and complications from anesthesia and C-section.

“M.S. Cox’s doctors also explained to her that performing a C-section at term would increase the risk of subsequent pregnancies and reduce her chances of having a third child in the future,” the lawsuit states. ing.

“I’m trying to do what’s best for my baby and myself, but the state of Texas is making us both suffer,” Cox said in a press release. “To give myself the best chance for health and future pregnancies, I need to end my pregnancy now.”

Cox’s request is the first since Roe V. Wade in 1973, when a woman sought court intervention to allow an abortion. The lawsuit is the first of its kind after Texas nearly banned all abortions in 2022.

On the same day as Cox’s diagnosis last week, the Texas Supreme Court heard arguments in Zulawski v. Texas. The lawsuit is a landmark lawsuit in which 20 women and two doctors are challenging Texas’ abortion laws related to complicated pregnancies.

The case, currently being heard by the Texas Supreme Court, questions whether the state’s abortion laws apply to women like Ms. Cox who are unable to become pregnant. However, all of the plaintiffs argued that they had no legal right to sue because they were not currently seeking abortions.

In a previous ruling, a Travis County judge ruled that state law should not apply to patients facing potentially life-threatening medical complications or those with fatal fetal diagnoses. was lowered. However, the Texas Attorney General’s Office appealed the decision and put the decision on hold. Additionally, the state maintains its position on the law that abortions are not permitted if the fetus is unlikely to survive after birth.

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