Temporary Halt on Abortion Approval by Texas Supreme Court

by Andrew Wright
Texas Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

The Texas Supreme Court, late on Friday, suspended a lower court’s decision that had authorized an abortion for a pregnant woman, Kate Cox, 31, facing a fetal diagnosis with fatal implications. This move casts uncertainty over an extraordinary legal battle against one of the United States’ most stringent abortion prohibitions.

More than a day after Cox, a Dallas-area mother of two, was granted a temporary restraining order by a lower court, the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court intervened. This order had temporarily barred the enforcement of the state’s abortion ban in Cox’s specific situation.

The Supreme Court’s brief order emphasized a temporary pause on the previous ruling, clarifying that it was not a comment on the case’s merits, which remains unresolved.

Molly Duane, a lawyer from the Center for Reproductive Rights representing Cox, expressed concerns about the delay in justice, fearing it could equate to a denial of justice.

Cox’s legal team has refrained from disclosing her abortion intentions due to safety concerns. In recent submissions to the Texas Supreme Court, they confirmed that she remains pregnant.

This week, Cox, at 20 weeks of pregnancy, initiated what is believed to be a pioneering lawsuit post the U.S. Supreme Court’s revocation of Roe v. Wade last year. The Thursday order was uniquely applicable to Cox and not to other pregnant individuals in Texas.

Diagnosed with a high-risk pregnancy due to trisomy 18, Cox faces significant health risks. Her lawsuit details the challenges, including potential complications from labor induction or another C-section due to her medical history.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton opposes Cox’s case, arguing she doesn’t qualify for the state’s medical exemption for abortion. His office has emphasized the irreversible nature of abortion and its violation of Texas law.

Paxton has also cautioned Houston hospitals against facilitating Cox’s abortion, criticizing the judge who initially ruled in Cox’s favor.

Simultaneously, in Kentucky, a woman identified as Jane Doe has filed a lawsuit seeking abortion rights. Unlike Cox’s case, this lawsuit aims for class-action status to represent others in similar situations in Kentucky.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Texas Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

What was the Texas Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding abortion?

The Texas Supreme Court temporarily suspended a lower court’s decision that had allowed a pregnant woman, Kate Cox, to have an abortion due to her fetus’s fatal diagnosis. This move has brought uncertainty to the legal challenge against one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the U.S.

Who is Kate Cox and why is her case significant?

Kate Cox is a 31-year-old mother of two from the Dallas area who filed a lawsuit after being diagnosed with a high-risk pregnancy due to trisomy 18. Her case is significant as it is believed to be the first of its kind following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

What did the Texas Attorney General argue in this case?

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued that Cox does not meet the criteria for a medical exception to the state’s abortion ban. He emphasized the irreversible nature of abortion and its violation of Texas law, urging the state’s highest court to act swiftly.

How does this case compare to a similar lawsuit in Kentucky?

Unlike Cox’s lawsuit in Texas, a separate lawsuit filed in Kentucky by a woman identified as Jane Doe is seeking class-action status. This lawsuit aims to represent other Kentuckians who are or will become pregnant and wish to have an abortion, challenging the state’s ban.

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Kevin T. December 10, 2023 - 5:24 pm

does anyone else think that the court is just playing politics here? like they don’t actually care about the law or the people, just their own agendas.

Lisa R. December 10, 2023 - 9:52 pm

I can’t believe this is happening in 2023. We’re supposed to be advanced, but we’re still arguing over a woman’s right to choose, especially when her life is in danger.

John Smith December 11, 2023 - 12:30 am

Really shocking to see this, the way the court just paused the ruling. It’s like they don’t even consider what the woman is going through, her health risks.

MaryJohnson December 11, 2023 - 4:09 am

This is exactly why we need better laws, the woman’s life is at risk, but all they care about is the legal technicalities. It’s just sad.


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