Should a fetus count as a car passenger? Pregnant Texas woman says yes, fights ticket

Should a fetus count as a car passenger? Pregnant Texas woman says yes, fights ticket

A pregnant woman in Texas plans to fight a ticket she received for driving in the high-occupancy vehicle lane alone

saying the overturn of Roe v. Wade means her unborn child counts as a passenger. 

The Dallas Morning News first reported the incident involving Brandy Bottone

who got a $215 ticket after being pulled over on U.S. Highway 75 South on June 29.

“An officer peeked in and asked, ‘Is there anybody else in the car?’” Bottone told the outlet

 “I pointed to my stomach and said, ‘My baby girl is right here. She is a person.’"

An officer from the Dallas County Sheriff Department told the Plano, Texas,

resident the law states HOV lane users must have at least one passenger in the vehicle, and those passengers must be outside of the body. 

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"And then I said, 'Well (I'm) not trying to throw a political mix here, but with everything going on (with Roe v. Wade), this counts as a baby,'"

she said. "This has my blood boiling. How could this be fair? According to the new law, this is a life."

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