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Thu Dec 7, 2023, 11:28 AM Dec 7

Texas judge allows Kate Cox to abort fetus with lethal abnormality [View all]

Texas judge allows Kate Cox to abort fetus with lethal abnormality
Thursday, December 07, 2023 at 11:16:04a EST
By Eleanor Klibanoff
The Texas Tribune

For the first time in at least 50 years, a judge has intervened to allow an adult Texas woman to terminate her pregnancy.

When Travis County District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble handed down the temporary restraining order Thursday, Kate Cox, 31, of Dallas burst into tears. Cox and her husband desperately wanted to have this baby, but her doctors said continuing the nonviable pregnancy posed a risk to her health and future fertility, according to a historic lawsuit filed Tuesday.


A week after she first received the diagnosis, Cox and her husband, represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights, filed a lawsuit asking a judge to grant a temporary restraining order, allowing them to terminate this pregnancy.

“It is not a matter of if I will have to say goodbye to my baby, but when,” Cox said in a statement. “I’m trying to do what is best for my baby and myself, but the state of Texas is making us both suffer.”

After a 45 minute Zoom hearing Thursday, Gamble ruled that Cox should be allowed to terminate the pregnancy, and that Dr. Damla Karsan, a Houston OB/GYN, should be protected from civil and criminal penalties if she performs the procedure.


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