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Plano woman receives a ticket for using an unborn child as 'second passenger'. What does this mean for Roe v Wade?

Ash Jurberg

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I'm sure at some stage; we have all wanted to use the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane to get to our destination quicker- even when we have no other passengers in the car.

But Plano woman, Bethany Bottone, may have inadvertently sparked another debate on the recent reversal of Roe V Wade after claiming her unborn child was her second passenger. Bottone, who was thirty-four weeks pregnant, was pulled over by police after exiting the HOV lane and given a ticket.

Bottone argued against the fine, stating that under the recent Roe v Wade ruling, her unborn child should be considered a person.

They still gave me a ticket. So my $215 ticket was written to cause inconvenience? This has my blood boiling. How could this be fair? According to the new law, this is a life. I know this may fall on deaf ears, but as a woman, this was shocking.” Bethany Bottone

Bottone is taking the issue to court and is scheduled to appear on July 20.

Dallas appellate lawyer Chad Ruback was interviewed by NBC on this matter and said it posed an interesting question.

There is no Texas statute that says what to do in this situation. The Texas Transportation Code has not been amended recently to address this particular situation. Who knows? Maybe the legislature will in the next session."

The whole of Texas, and indeed the United States, will be watching the results of this case with interest.

Readers, do you agree with Bottone that her unborn child should count as a second person?

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