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Texas threatens to prosecute doctors for court-allowed abortion

Los Angeles, US, Dec 7 (EFE).- Texas Attorney General Republican Ken Paxton has threatened to prosecute any doctor or hospital involved in performing an emergency abortion on a 20-week pregnant woman.

The warning by the attorney general came hours after a court on Thursday allowed Kate Cox, 31, to terminate her pregnancy as it threatened her life and future fertility.

The order granted by the Travis County district judge to allow an abortion “will not insulate hospitals, doctors, or anyone else from civil and criminal liability for violating Texas’ abortion laws,” Paxton said in a statement.

Paxton threatened that it would include first-degree felony prosecutions and civil penalties of not less than $100,000 for each violation.

Cox, a mother of two small children, appealed to the court on Tuesday, arguing that while she and her husband desperately wanted to have the baby, her doctors warned that it was not viable and that continuing with the pregnancy could put her life in danger.

Cox’s fetus was diagnosed with trisomy 18, a genetic abnormality that usually results in miscarriage, stillbirth, or death soon after birth.

At an emergency hearing, Travis County Judge Maya Guerra Gamble opined that Cox’s case falls within the exceptions allowed by Texas’ strict anti-abortion law.

“The idea that Cox wants desperately to be a parent and this law might cause her to lose that ability is shocking and would be a genuine miscarriage of justice,” the judge said.

A court order granting abortion supposedly protects the doctor and all other parties involved in the procedure.

Texas has been the most restrictive state on abortion since the United States Supreme Court allowed states to write their abortion laws when it overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 2022.

The state has overlapping bans that prohibit abortions, allowing only a narrow exception to save the health and life of the pregnant woman. EFE

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