The Texas Supreme Court has temporarily halted a lower court’s decision permitting a pregnant woman, Katie Cox, to undergo an abortion. The district court ruling from Thursday, allowing the 31-year-old, who is 20 weeks pregnant with a fetus diagnosed with full trisomy, to proceed with the abortion, has been put on hold.
The Texas Supreme Court stated on Friday that the “petition for mandamus and motion for temporary relief remain pending before the Court.”
Cox’s doctors have emphasized that continuing the pregnancy would necessitate a cesarean section or induction, posing a risk of serious injury. The possibility of uterine rupture due to previous C-sections and potential harm to future fertility further complicates the situation.
Molly Duane, a senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights representing Cox, expressed concern in a press release, stating, “While we still hope that the Court ultimately rejects the state’s request and does so quickly, in this case, we fear that justice delayed will be justice denied. We are talking about urgent medical care. Kate is already 20 weeks pregnant. This is why people should not need to beg for healthcare in a court of law.”
It is important to note that Texas prohibits all abortions from fertilization and has implemented a “bounty law,” rewarding private citizens who sue those assisting in obtaining an abortion. The Texas Attorney General Paxton’s office argued to the court, “Future criminal and civil proceedings cannot restore the life that is lost if Plaintiffs or their agents proceed to perform and procure an abortion in violation of Texas law,” according to The AP.