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(38,037 posts)
Thu Dec 7, 2023, 12:17 PM Dec 2023

Texas judge grants pregnant woman permission to get an abortion despite state's ban


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge on Thursday granted a pregnant woman permission to obtain an abortion in an unprecedented challenge to the state’s ban that took effect after Roe v. Wade was overturned last year.

It was unclear how quickly or whether Kate Cox, a 31-year-old mother of two from the Dallas area, will be able to obtain an abortion. State District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble, an elected Democrat, said she would grant a temporary restraining order that would allow Cox to have an abortion under what are narrow exceptions to the state’s ban. That decision is likely to be appealed by the state.

Cox is 20 weeks pregnant and doctors say her fetus has a fatal diagnosis. In a brief emergency hearing Thursday, her attorneys told Gamble that Cox went to an emergency room this week for a fourth time since her pregnancy.

Cox and her husband both attended the hearing via Zoom but did not address the court. Doctors have told Cox that if the baby’s heartbeat were to stop, inducing labor would carry a risk of a uterine rupture because of her prior cesareans sections, and that another C-section at full term would would endanger her ability to carry another child...
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18. Living in Austin won't protect her
Thu Dec 7, 2023, 07:05 PM
Dec 2023

Austin isn't as liberal as it likes to pretend. Plenty of misogynistic right-wing loons live there.

You've surely heard of Alex Jones? Austin was the city that made him famous. It's where he got his start. He still lives there and still has massive support there.

And you think this woman will be safe in a place that has such strong support for Alex Jones?



(25,554 posts)
7. Chances the state will try to block this are about 100%.
Thu Dec 7, 2023, 12:26 PM
Dec 2023

I think appeals will likely fail. I certainly hope so, anyway.


(25,554 posts)
12. Any appeal would likely be fast-tracked.
Thu Dec 7, 2023, 02:04 PM
Dec 2023

But if the state can't get an appellate court to issue a stay or whatever applies almost immediately, I would think that the procedure will be completed, assuming the circumstances are amenable.


(25,940 posts)
16. Paxton will take it to the all Republican Texas Supreme Court
Thu Dec 7, 2023, 02:25 PM
Dec 2023

The judge's decision will be reversed. It always works this way. (Well almost always) With abortion, they always side with Paxton.


(114,228 posts)
Thu Dec 7, 2023, 12:24 PM
Dec 2023



(2,482 posts)
15. Let Me Modify That Just A Bit...
Thu Dec 7, 2023, 02:23 PM
Dec 2023

Fuck the forced birthers. Fuck them and the horses they rode in on.


(2,482 posts)
19. And That...
Thu Dec 7, 2023, 10:10 PM
Dec 2023

Should be just for starters.

Don’t get me wrong, I think torture is grotesque and wrong. But for these assclowns, if I could resurrect Torquemada and sic him on them, I would be sorely tempted.


(25,554 posts)
4. Sanity prevails.
Thu Dec 7, 2023, 12:24 PM
Dec 2023

It probably helps that she got a judge here in Austin. Republican judges are kind of unicorns around here.

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