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Texas pregnant woman fined for driving in lane for vehicles with two or more occupants; claims that fetus counts as a passenger

ONE pregnant woman of Texas received a ticket for driving in a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane, but she claims that the fetus she carries in her womb counts as a human life, and therefore as one more passenger, after the Roe v. Wade.

Last June 29th, Bottone Brandy She was stopped by police while driving on the Central Expressway in Dallas.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Bottone said that “I was driving to pick up my son. I knew I couldn’t be a minute late, so I took the HOV lane.

The officer looked inside the vehicle and asked, “Is it just you or is someone else traveling with you?”

She replied, “Oh! There are two of us,” and when he asked about the other passenger, she pointed to her belly. She explained that she was weeks away from giving birth to a baby girl who would soon be in her car seat.

The agent stared at him, intrigued, and pointed out that they must be “two bodies out of the body”, claiming that this is what the Texas Transportation Code indicates for HOV lanes, enabled for vehicles with two or more passengers.

However, five days earlier, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade or, in other words, constitutionally overturned abortion, leaving it up to states to decide whether or not to endorse it.

Under Texas law, a fetus is considered a human life. Bottone argued that, following the Supreme Court ruling, this logic also applies to road regulations.

O law of heartbeat of Texasapproved in September 2021 and consolidated with the annulment of Roe v. Wade, prohibits abortion procedures from being performed after six weeks, or after detection of embryonic or fetal heart activity, because the fetus is considered a human life.

The policeman ignored the woman’s arguments and fined her $215 (4,469 Mexican pesos).

“It makes my blood boil. How can that be fair? According to this new law, my baby is a lifetime,” the 32-year-old insisted.

Outraged by the fine, the woman announced that she will appeal to the courts. He has an appointment on July 29 in court.

“I don’t really think it’s right because one law says it one way, but another law says it another way,” Bottone told NBC DFW.

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