Monday, December 05, 2022

Pregnant refers to Roe’s decision to avoid traffic ticket

A Plano, Texas woman stopped by police on the HOV lane referred to the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade during a traffic stop last month.

Brandy Bottone, who was 34 weeks pregnant at the time, was pulled over in Dallas, Texas, for using the lane on her way to pick up her son in June, the Dallas Morning News reported.

A police officer who stopped Bottone asked if “anyone else” was in the car and the woman replied “yes,” according to the newspaper.

“I pointed to my belly and said, ‘My little girl is right here. She’s a person,'” Bottone told the Dallas Morning News.

“He said, ‘Oh no. It has to be two people out of the body.’”

The woman said she argued that her unborn child was a living person, but ended up receiving a $215 fine for her choice of lane despite her response.

“It makes my blood boil. How can that be fair? Under the new law, that’s a lifetime,” she said.

“I know this might fall on deaf ears, but as a woman, this was shocking.”

A spokesperson for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department told the Dallas Morning News that officers stop vehicles in the HOV lane when they can only see one person inside them, but declined to comment on Bottone’s argument.

Chad Ruback, an appeals attorney in Dallas, told KXAS-TV that different judges may treat Bottone’s argument “differently.”

“This is uncharted territory that we’re in right now,” Ruback said.

“There is no Texas statute that says what to do in this situation. The Texas Transportation Code has not recently been changed to address this specific situation. Who knows? Perhaps the legislature will do so in the next session.”

Bottone, who told the paper he is fighting the ticket, is due to appear in court on July 20.

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