The pause in Kate Cox’s case is due to the court needing time to issue a decision. Kate, who is 20 weeks pregnant and facing a fatal diagnosis for the fetus, was granted an order for an emergency abortion by county court Travis. However, Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter stating that doctors and hospitals would not be legally protected if they performed the procedure.
The previous order allowing Kate Cox to have an abortion was issued by District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble in an unprecedented manner following the ban on abortions after the Roe v. Wade decision. Cox’s lawyers argued that she could face complications due to previous pregnancies, such as hypertension, diabetes, and infections. The lawsuit stated that the diagnosis for the fetus was trisomy 18, also known as Edwards syndrome, which causes abnormalities in the body and often results in the fetus not surviving to term.
The SB8 law, which bans abortions at 6 weeks of pregnancy, went into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court failed to act on a request to block the measure. This law, known as the “heartbeat law,” allows citizens to sue those who perform abortions on women who are 6 weeks pregnant and receive $10,000 for reporting the patient, without excluding victims of incest or rape.
On the day the six-week abortion ban went into effect in Texas, activists held a demonstration in front of the state Capitol. The new law allows private citizens to sue abortion providers and anyone involved in aiding or abetting an abortion after a “heartbeat” is detected. This means that anyone can sue a woman for receiving the service, the person who took her to have the abortion, a health clinic, and even a member of the clergy who assists a patient. If the person wins the lawsuit, she can receive $10,000 per defendant.
Providers and abortion rights groups say this law would affect at least 85% of abortions performed in the state, as many people do not know they are pregnant during this period. Texas is offering a $10,000 reward that encourages neighbors, friends, and family to pry into others’ most intimate situations, which has been criticized by Nancy Cárdenas Peña, director of Texas State Policy and Advocacy for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice. She stated that it was not enough for extremist politicians to ban insurance coverage for abortion and add layers of unfounded restrictions.
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