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A Texas case shows how the blurred lines of abortion laws can leave women in difficult positions. 

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Abortion Law book on copy of Preamble. Gavel and stethoscope.

Dallas woman Kate Cox faced complications within her pregnancy leading to her seeking an abortion. The court stated that the ruling would come down to the woman’s doctor in order to decide if the health complications were severe enough to have an abortion. Despite the district courts approval, the Texas Supreme Court requested stay until the panel came to a decision, putting Cox in a difficult position due to the urgency of her health concerns. A Texas attorney emphasized that any doctor who performed an abortion on Cox could face felony prosecution.  Northeastern University Law professor Martha Davis, weighs in on how the Texas abortion legislation can be detrimental.

“The court is trying to get out of the business of construing the Texas abortion statute, but by doing so, it simply leaves the statute in place to continue deterring doctors from taking a risk that might end their practice,”

Martha Davis, WGSS affiliated faculty

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