Texas Judge Lets Lady Have Abortion Even Though Her Baby

Texas’s Austin A judge in Texas let a woman end her pregnancy on Thursday, even though the state has a strict ban on abortions because doctors said the baby had a disorder that would kill it. Kate Cox, a 31-year-old mother of two from the Dallas area, said she learned last week that her baby had trisomy 18, a chromosome disorder that usually causes babies to die before they’re born. The Center for Reproductive Rights sued Cox and her husband on Monday, saying it was an emergency case.

“The idea that Ms. Cox wants desperately to be a parent and that this law might cause her to lose that ability is shocking and would be a genuine miscarriage of justice,” Gamble said in the Zoom meeting. “So I will be signing the order, which will be processed and sent out today.”

In a statement, the office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that the temporary restraining order “will not protect hospitals, doctors, or anyone else from civil and criminal liability for violating Texas’ abortion laws.” The office of Paxton also sent a letter to several medical centres explaining what would happen to doctors who practice abortions.

The Center for Reproductive Rights said that the state does not have the right to appeal immediately. The Center for Reproductive Rights says that Gamble’s decision is likely the first time since Roe v. Wade in 1973 that a judge has officially let a woman have an abortion. The decision only goes to Cox.

The lawsuit says that Cox, who is 20 weeks pregnant, has been to three emergency rooms in the last month. During those visits, her doctors told her that early screening and ultrasound tests showed that her pregnancy was “unlikely to end with a healthy baby” and that continuing the pregnancy put her at risk of “severe complications” that threatened “her life and future fertility.”

The lawsuit says that doctors told her they had no choice but to “hold their hands” and wait until the fetus died inside her or take the pregnancy to term, where she would have to have a third C-section “only to watch her baby suffer until death.”

Texas judge lets lady have abortion even though her baby has the fatal disorder trisomy 18.

Cox got the results of an amniocentesis on November 28. They confirmed that her fetus had trisomy 18, a genetic disorder. The lawsuit says this means that her pregnancy may not last until birth, and if it does, her baby will either die shortly after birth or only live for a few minutes, hours, or days. A specialist had already told Cox that her unborn child had a “spinal abnormality.” The claim says that every ultrasound for the next five weeks showed more “multiple serious conditions.”

The suit was brought while the State Supreme Court was considering whether the state’s strict abortion ban is too demanding for women who are having very bad problems with their pregnancy. Earlier this year, an Austin judge said that women who have extreme complications might not have to follow the ban. However, the decision is on hold while the all-Republican Supreme Court considers the state’s appeal. While arguing before the state Supreme Court, the state’s lawyers said that a pregnant woman who gets a fatal fetal diagnosis could file a “lawsuit in that specific circumstance.”

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Texas’ Abortion Ban

Texas has some of the strictest rules in the country when it comes to abortion. Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, signed SB8 into law in 2021. It makes abortion illegal after about six weeks of pregnancy. A “trigger ban” was also implemented after the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in 2022. This made it illegal for doctors in the state to perform an abortion unless the patient’s life was in danger.

Earlier this year, a group of women who were denied abortions despite having serious problems with their pregnancy sued the state to make it clear that medical waivers are allowed under the strict abortion ban. In July, an Austin court heard from four of the suing women and an OB-GYN in Houston, who was there to represent her patients.

As a First Lady Jill Biden guest, Amanda Zurawski, the lead plaintiff, attended President Biden’s State of the Union speech this year. She said that she was not allowed to have an emergency abortion when her water broke when she was only 18 weeks pregnant. She said she had a lot of health problems and knew she was going to miscarry. At first, the doctors told her they couldn’t start labour because the baby still had a heartbeat.

Texas abortion ban

After the woman got sepsis three days later, doctors finally did an induction abortion. She said that after two bouts of sepsis, one of her fallopian tubes has closed for good, and she has had to have several surgeries to rebuild her uterus. She said that IVF was the only way her doctor would tell her to get pregnant again. Zurawski has had three egg retrievals since then, but she and her husband are still worried about getting pregnant again.

Another woman, Samantha Casiano, who has four kids, had to take her pregnancy to term even though it was 100% fatal. Casiano got so upset on the stand as she talked about bringing a dead pregnancy to term that she puked.

Casiano said in court that she thought about leaving the state to get an abortion, just like other people had, but she was afraid of how much it would cost and how she and her husband would “get in trouble.” She remembered telling herself, “I have kids; I can’t go to jail.” “I can’t lose my job or get this fine. How am I going to pay for that? I thought I had no other choice.

In August, Travis County Judge Jessica Mangrum said that the state’s abortion bans do not apply to women who are having problems with their babies. But the state quickly filed an appeal, which stopped Mangrum’s decision until the Supreme Court’s decision.

What is Trisomy 18?

Cox said that the amniocentesis showed that her unborn child had trisomy 18, which means it had three copies of chromosome 18 instead of two. The Cleveland Clinic says that 90% of babies born with trisomy 18 have heart problems. These babies also have kidney disease, breathing problems, problems with the digestive system and abdominal wall, birth defects, and spinal problems. The daughter of former Sen. Rick Santorum, who is now 15 years old, was born with trisomy 18.

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