Case update: On December 12, the Texas Supreme Court denied Kate Cox’s request to obtain an emergency abortion in Texas. For updates on the case, click on the “Case in Depth” section below.
The Center for Reproductive Rights filed this case against Texas on behalf of a pregnant woman seeking to obtain an emergency abortion in the state. The plaintiff, Kate Cox, is asking the court to temporarily block the state’s abortion bans so she can obtain urgent abortion care and avoid the dangerous risks to her health, life and future fertility from being forced to stay pregnant.
Cox’s pregnancy was diagnosed with Trisomy 18—a condition causing multiple structural abnormalities—and has no chance of survival. Since Cox has already undergone two C-sections and has other underlying health conditions, continuing the pregnancy puts her at high risk for multiple serious medical complications and makes it less likely she would be able to safely have more children in the future.
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Denied abortion care?
The Center for Reproductive Rights is dedicated to helping all people access abortion in their communities, including people who are denied care while facing pregnancy complications. If you have been denied care and want to speak to a lawyer about your options, please reach out to [email protected].