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Texas woman who sought abortion to leave state for procedure

The stay followed an appeal from Texas GOP Attorney General Ken Paxton, who had challenged the lower court's decision.

Published: December 11, 2023 3:20pm

Kate Cox, a Texas woman who had sought court permission to obtain an abortion due to a medical emergency, will instead leave the state to secure the procedure elsewhere.

Cox, however, intends to continue with her suit anyways, Reuters reported. Cox's child was diagnosed with a genetic abnormality likely to cause stillbirth or death after birth. Texas law allows for women to obtain abortions in the event of medical emergencies. A state court issued an initial order permitting her to receive the procedure, though the state Supreme Court last Friday temporarily stayed that decision.

The stay followed an appeal from Texas GOP Attorney General Ken Paxton, who had challenged the lower court's decision.

The Center for Reproductive Rights has represented Cox. President Nancy Northrup reacted furiously to the litigation, saying "Kate's case has shown the world that abortion bans are dangerous for pregnant people, and exceptions don't work."

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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