31-year-old Kate Cox, who is in the second trimester of pregnancy, turned to the Texas court on Tuesday. In the lawsuit, she stated that she and her husband wanted a child very much, but the doctors came to the conclusion that her fetus would most likely be dead at birth, or the baby would only survive a few days after birth. At the same time, the woman received information that continuing the pregnancy could endanger her health and ability to have another child, The Texas Tribune quotes from the lawsuit.
“To think that Ms Cox is desperate to be a parent and this law could actually deprive her of that option is shocking. This would be a real miscarriage of justice,” said Judge Maya Gamble.
Under her order, which is in effect for 14 days, Texas cannot enforce its anti-abortion laws in Cox’s case, the AP reports. This is apparently one of the first cases where a pregnant woman requested a court-authorized abortion due to the bans that were allowed to be implemented by last year’s decision of the Supreme Court of the United States.
The temporary order applies only to Cox, who, according to the lawsuit, was told by doctors that an abortion could not be performed despite her health problems due to local restrictions. Local bans contain very limited exceptions for cases where the mother’s life is at risk. However, according to abortion rights advocates, these provisions are unclear, which puts doctors in a difficult position and exposes women whose pregnancies are accompanied by complications to risks.
According to Cox’s lawyers, the new verdict from Texas will not have a significant impact on current practice. “This cannot be the new normal,” the AP quoted Marc Hearron, who works with the Center for Reproductive Rights, a group fighting Texas’ bans, as saying. “I don’t think you can expect to file hundreds of lawsuits on behalf of patients now. That’s just not realistic,” the lawyer said.