A pregnant woman from Texas, in United Statechallenged a traffic violation imposed because she was driving alone in the lane with more than one passenger on a legal pretext against abortion: the fetus is counted as one person.
Police pulled Brandy Button in June for crossing the tape. For ecstasy agents, she was alone in the car, the Dallas Morning News reported.
She said there was someone else in the car, and when asked by the officer, Bouton pointed to her 34-week-old belly and replied, “It’s here.”
The accident occurred on June 29, just days after the High Court of Justice United State He made abortion illegal, and left the decision on termination of pregnancy in the hands of the states.
Texas officials and those who fight abortion rights advocate that the fetus be considered a person. This was the argument Bouton used to object to the fine that would have cost him $275 (about R$1,500).
The 32-year-old asked the police officer, “Given everything that’s happened, I’m not trying to make a big political point here, but do you understand that this is a baby?”
Discussion in other areas
The legal change that began regarding fetuses as persons will have implications in areas other than reproductive law, and this case illustrates that.
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In 1973, the United States ruled that the right to abortion was legal by ruling from the Supreme Court. This year, the country’s highest court overturned the ruling.
Last year, Texas passed one of the toughest laws against abortion, allowing it only until the sixth week, when many women still don’t know they’re pregnant.
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