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Pregnant Texas woman argues fetus is a ‘living child’ after ticket in HOV lane

A pregnant Texas woman who received a traffic ticket for driving alone in an HOV lane intends to fight the citation, arguing that her fetus should be considered a separate person given the Lone Star State’s views on abortion.

Expectant mother Brandy Bottone, 34, told the Dallas Morning News that she was given the ticket June 29 after she was pulled over by police while driving on a highway near the city.

“I was driving to pick up my son. I knew I couldn’t be a minute late, so I took the HOV lane,” he told the newspaper. “When I came out of the HOV, there was a checkpoint at the end of the exit. I slammed on the brakes and the police pulled me over.”

The police officer asked her if she had a passenger with her and she said yes.

“I pointed to my stomach and said, ‘My baby is right here. She’s a person,’” Bottone, of Plano, told the newspaper.

“He said, ‘Oh no. It has to be two people outside the body.’”

Bottone then brought up the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down the constitutional right to abortion, but it was thrown out by one of the officials, he said.

Bottone told a police officer that his unborn daughter is his second passenger.
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The Police Officer Insisted That The Second Passenger Must Be Out Of His Body.
The police officer insisted that the second passenger must be out of his body.
NBC DFW

“An officer brushed me off when I mentioned that this is a living child, according to everything that is going on with the Roe v. Wade. ‘So I don’t know why you’re not seeing that,’ I said,” he told the Morning News.

“He was like, ‘I don’t want to deal with this.’ He said, ‘Ma’am, it means two people outside the body,’” she added.

“This has my blood boiling. How could this be fair? According to the new law, this is a life,” Bottone said, adding that he intends to fight the fine.

The Mother-To-Be Said The Annulment Of Roe V.  Wade Should Mean Her Fetus Counts As A Separate Person In Texas.
The mother-to-be said the annulment of Roe v. Wade should mean her fetus counts as a separate person in Texas.
NBC DFW

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last month paved the way for a trigger law to go into effect in Texas that bans abortion from the moment of fertilization.

Some clinics in the state were allowed to continue offering abortions for up to six weeks of pregnancy after a judge granted them a temporary restraining order in late June.

But the clinics’ legal victory was only expected to last a few months until a higher court overturned the order.

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