Allred Statement on Travis County Judge Allowing Kate Cox to Access Life-Saving Reproductive Care

Dallas, TX — Today, Congressman Colin Allred released the following statement on Travis County Judge Maya Guerra Gamble granting permission to Dallas resident Kate Cox access to life-saving, emergency abortion care:

“Today’s court ruling is encouraging, but it should have never gotten to this point. The decision to have an abortion should be made between a woman and her doctor, not politicians and judges. In suing the state, Kate Cox has shown remarkable bravery – and given a voice to countless Texas women who are being forced into impossible, life-threatening situations by their elected officials.

“Extreme politicians like Ted Cruz have failed Texas women. We will not stop fighting these cruel, life-threatening abortion bans.”

The Associated Press reports that “Cox is 20 weeks pregnant and doctors say her fetus has a fatal diagnosis. Her attorneys [said] Cox went to an emergency room this week for a fourth time since her pregnancy.” According to the Houston Chronicle, Cox’s lawsuit states that she is at “higher risk of complications that threaten her life and future fertility if she continues the pregnancy.”

In signing the temporary restraining order allowing Cox to receive the abortion care she needs, Judge Gamble stated that “The idea that Ms. Cox wants desperately to be a parent and this law might actually cause her to lose that ability is shocking and would be a genuine miscarriage of justice.”

In addition to supporting Texas’ deadly abortion ban, one of the most extreme in the nation, Cruz is the author of the extreme national abortion ban proposal, which would take the blueprint for Texas’ statewide ban and force it upon every woman in America – making it impossible for his own constituents to even flee Texas to get the reproductive care they need in another state.

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