Biden Invites Texas Woman Who Had To Leave State for Live-Saving Abortion to the SOTU
Upon inviting Cox to attend the SOTU as their guest, the Bidens reportedly ‘thanked her for her courage in sharing her story and speaking out against the impact of the extreme abortion ban in Texas,’
When President Biden delivers his State of the Union before Congress on March 7, a private citizen from Texas will be one of his most high profile guests — and it all speaks to the debate over abortion that continues to rage in America.
In August 2023, Dallas native Kate Cox found out she was pregnant with her third child. Doctors discovered the baby had trisomy 18, a genetic condition that increases the risk of miscarriage or stillbirth, and has a low survival rate.
After finding out, Cox sought an abortion and was granted permission from a lower court judge, despite Texas’ abortion ban. However, TX AG Ken Paxton threatened legal action against Cox, her husband, and any doctor involved.
“I was shocked that the state of Texas wanted me to continue a pregnancy where I would have to wait until a baby dies in my belly, or dies at birth, or lives for days, and put my own health at risk, and a future pregnancy at risk,” Cox said about the ruling. She would later leave Texas to obtain her abortion in another state.
Texas has some of the most strict anti-abortion laws in the U.S. Its ‘heartbeat bill’ does not allow abortions after a heartbeat can be detected, usually after 6 weeks. Its exceptions for maternal health, rape, and incest are notoriously vague. The number of reported abortions dropped from nearly 54,000 in 2020 to just 34 by mid-September 2023.
Upon inviting Cox to attend the SOTU as their guest, the Bidens reportedly ‘thanked her for her courage in sharing her story and speaking out against the impact of the extreme abortion ban in Texas,’ according to WH press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.