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Wed Jan 24, 2024, 08:26 PM Jan 24

Biden extends State of the Union invitation to a Texas woman who sued to get an abortion and lost [View all]

Source: AP

Updated 3:46 PM EST, January 24, 2024

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden have extended an invitation to attend the president’s State of the Union address to a Texas woman who sued her state and lost over the ability to get an abortion to end a wanted pregnancy.

The Texas Supreme Court denied Katie Cox’s request. But by then, her lawyers said, she had already traveled out of state for an abortion.

The Bidens spoke with Cox on Sunday and invited her to the annual address set for March 7 at the U.S. Capitol. Cox will sit with the first lady, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Wednesday. Cox accepted the invite, she said. “They thanked her for her courage in sharing her story and speaking out against the impact of the extreme abortion ban in Texas,” Jean-Pierre said.

Cox, 31, was pregnant with her third child when she learned the baby had a rare genetic disorder. The couple was informed by doctors that their baby would live at best a week. She sued over the right to have an abortion to end the pregnancy but lost because the judges said she hadn’t shown her life was in danger enough to be granted the procedure.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/biden-state-of-union-abortion-rights-campaign-7a66f18b2b6c74a7229f5d6e1c74c55b

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