A Texas woman who was denied a potentially life-saving abortion had to leave the state to undergo the emergency procedure, her lawyers said Monday.
Kate Cox, a 31-year-old mother of two, had sought permission for the abortion after finding out her fetus suffered from a rare genetic disorder, meaning it is likely to die before birth or shortly after.
Doctors said the pregnancy – which was already 20 weeks old – also posed a risk to Cox’s own life.
“Due to the continued deterioration of Ms. Cox’s health, and in light of the administrative stay ordered by the Court on December 8 and the Attorney General’s continued threats to enforce Texas’ abortion bans against the plaintiffs in this case, Ms. Cox is now forced to seek medical care outside of.” Texas,” her lawyers said in a court filing.
The lawyers did not say where she went.
The fetus suffers from a condition known as trisomy 18, which affects about one in 2,500 pregnancies diagnosed. This results in a very high risk of miscarriage or stillbirth, and those who survive the pregnancy usually do not live very long.
Doctors said the contractions could lead to a uterine rupture, which could pose a threat to her life or jeopardize her ability to have children in the future.
Cox is believed to be the first woman to seek permission to have an abortion since the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade repealed, bringing the issue of women’s reproductive rights back into the spotlight.
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Texas’ strict anti-abortion laws
Cox initially won a legal battle in Travis County court over whether the abortion procedure should be performed given the fetus’s rare condition.
But Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton appealed the decision to the state Supreme Court, overturning the lower court’s ruling.
Texas has some of the strictest anti-abortion laws, even banning cases of incest and rape.
The procedure may be permitted in cases where the pregnancy could harm the mother, but the vague wording puts off many doctors who fear legal consequences.
Paxton had threatened to prosecute any doctor who performed the abortion Cox sought.
ab/wd (Reuters, AP, AFP)
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