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Texas: State Supreme Court Prevents American Woman from Having Abortion Despite Health Risks

2023-12-09T08:08:59.981Z

Highlights: Texas Supreme Court bars a woman with a high-risk pregnancy from an emergency abortion. Kate Cox, 31, is asking for the right to have an abortion after learning that the fetus has trisomy 18, a chromosomal abnormality. This is a rare decision in a state that bans abortion with very few exceptions, one of the strictest abortion laws in the United States. Attorney General Ken Paxton, an ultraconservative Republican, called on the Texas Supreme Court to "stay" the decision.


Kate Cox, 31, is asking for the right to have an abortion after learning that the fetus has trisomy 18, a chromosomal abnormality


The Supreme Court in the conservative U.S. state of Texas on Friday barred a woman with a high-risk pregnancy from an emergency abortion, but said it would consider the merits of the case at a later date.

Attorney General Ken Paxton had appealed to the Texas Supreme Court to stay a court ruling on Thursday allowing Kate Cox, 31, to terminate her pregnancy, which threatened her fertility and life. This is a rare decision in a state that bans abortion with very few exceptions, one of the strictest abortion laws in the United States.

"Regardless of the merits, the Court administratively suspends the decision of the District Court" that allowed Kate Cox, 31, to have an abortion, described the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), which represents Kate Cox in court.

No one should have to beg a court for permission to receive the medical care their doctors recommend.

If you agree, get off the sidelines and get involved in the fight for reproductive rights today⬇️ https://t.co/ml8gtpE7fM

— Center for Reproductive Rights (@ReproRights) December 9, 2023

The RRC circulated a copy of the court's decision. The court said Cox's motion would remain before the court for review.

"While we are still hopeful that the court will ultimately reject the state's request and do so quickly," said Molly Duane, the CRR's lead attorney, said she fears the postponed court decision will result in a denial.

"This is urgent medical care"

"This is urgent medical care. Kate is already 20 weeks pregnant. That's why people shouldn't be begging for medical care in court," she said. The young woman, a mother of two, told NBC on Thursday, December 7: "It's a difficult time, we're losing a child. I won't be going home with my healthy baby. It's hard, all this grief. »

Kate Cox, the mother of two whose request for an abortion was granted by a Texas judge, speaks out to @NBCNews in an emotional interview after the ruling.

"We're going through the loss of a child," Cox says. "There's no outcome here that I take home my healthy baby girl." pic.twitter.com/yI2fBEMvGc

— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) December 7, 2023

"Texas law prohibits elective abortions," Attorney General Ken Paxton said, claiming that the judge had "abused her power" without "any evidence" while "the Texas medical expert found that Kate Cox did not qualify for the medical exception."

In his petition, Ken Paxton, an ultraconservative Republican, called on the Texas Supreme Court to "stay" the decision.

Prosecutor calls judge 'activist'

Kate Cox had confirmation last week that her fetus had trisomy 18, a chromosomal abnormality associated with severe malformations. At Thursday's emergency hearing, Judge Maya Guerra Gamble granted him the opportunity to have an abortion.

In a statement, accompanied by a letter to Texas hospitals, Paxton warned Thursday of "potential long-term implications" if those facilities allowed abortions.

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Calling the judge an "activist," he said his ruling in favor of the plaintiff would not protect these hospitals, "or anyone else, from being held civilly and criminally liable for violating Texas abortion laws."

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In the summer of 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its Roe v. Wade," which for half a century had guaranteed the federal right of American women to terminate their pregnancies.

Since then, some 20 states have banned abortion or severely restricted it, such as Texas, which only allows abortions in cases of danger to death or risk of serious disability for the mother.

Source: leparis

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