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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.