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General News    H4'ed 7/9/22

Pregnant TX woman says her fetus should count as a passenger in HOV lanes. She got a ticket

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Under Texas' new abortion law, does a fetus count as a second passenger in an HOV lane? Brandy Bottone of Plano, TX,  is 34 weeks into her pregnancy. She was stopped for driving in the HOV lane. When the officer asked her if there was anyone else in the car, she said, yes, her unborn baby girl was in the car.  She got a ticket. Bottone says she doesn’t think the state should have it both ways. If a fetus is considered a life before birth, then why doesn’t that count as a second passenger? Bottone’s court date is July 20. “I will be fighting it,” she says.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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