A Texas woman seeking court permission for an abortion is leaving the state for the procedure, attorneys say

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A Texas woman seeking court permission for an abortion is leaving the state for the procedure, attorneys say



Dec. 11, 2023

A pregnant Texas woman who sought court permission to have an abortion in an unprecedented battle against one of the most restrictive bans in the U.S. has left the state to obtain the procedure, her lawyers said Monday.

The announcement came as Kate Cox, 31, awaited a ruling from the Texas Supreme Court on whether she could legally obtain an abortion under limited exceptions to the state’s ban. A judge cleared Cox, a mother of two from the Dallas area, last week, but that decision was stayed by the state’s all-Republican Supreme Court.

Her health is at stake. She’s been in and out of the emergency room and she couldn’t wait any longer, said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represented Cox.

The organization did not reveal where Cox went. On Monday she was twenty weeks and six days pregnant.

Cox would be the first woman in the US to ask a court for permission to have an abortion since Roe v. Wade was destroyed last year. Her lawsuit quickly became a high-profile test of bans in Texas and a dozen other Republican Party-controlled states, where abortion is banned at nearly all stages of pregnancy.

Days after Cox filed her lawsuit, a pregnant woman in Kentucky also asked a court to allow an abortion. No decision has yet been made in that case.

Earlier Monday, two US medical groups urged the Texas Supreme Court to rule in Cox’s favor. Her lawyers said she had been to the emergency room


at least four times since she became pregnant again in August.

The widespread climate of fear among the Texas medical community is certain to be exacerbated by this case and the United States’ actions in opposing the abortion Ms. Cox needs, read the letter, which was filed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society. for maternal-fetal medicine.

Texas’ abortion ban makes limited exceptions during the life of the

mother woman

is at risk, but not because of fetal abnormalities.

Republican Texas Att


j. Gen.


Ken Paxton, who has defended the state’s strict anti-abortion laws for nearly a decade, argued that Cox had not shown that the pregnancy had endangered her life.

The Texas Legislature did not intend for courts to become revolving doors of consent forms to obtain abortions, Paxton’s office wrote in a filing with the state Supreme Court last week.

Doctors told Cox that her fetus has a condition known as trisomy 18, which has a very high chance of miscarriage or stillbirth and low survival rates, according to her lawsuit filed last week in Austin. They also told Cox that inducing labor or carrying the

baby fetus

The term could jeopardize her ability to have another child.

Trisomy 18 occurs in about 1 in 2,500 diagnosed pregnancies, doctors told the court in the brief filed Monday. According to the letter, there is no live birth in approximately 70% of pregnancies diagnosed after twelve weeks’ gestation.

Terminating pregnancies due to fetal abnormalities or other often fatal medical problems is rarely discussed in national debates about abortion. There are no recent statistics on the frequency of abortions for fetal abnormalities in the US, but experts say this represents only a small percentage of total procedures.


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