Everyone knew that the overturning of Roe. v. Wade would bring some madness amongst the people, but one pregnant Texas woman is taking it to a whole other level.
Brandy Bottone, 32, is disputing a $215 traffic ticket for driving in the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane. She claims that her 34-week-old fetus is indeed a passenger and she should not have been ticketed.
Over the weekend, she was stopped at an HOV checkpoint on the Central Expressway in Dallas. A deputy asked her if someone else was riding with her, to which she replied, “Oh, there’s two of us,” while pointing at her belly.
She believes that her unborn child should count as a second person, allowing her to drive in the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane legally, but another deputy informed her that there must be two bodies outside of the body to qualify.
The state’s penal code acknowledges that a fetus is a person but the Texas Transportation Code does not.
Bottone explained, “One officer kind of brushed me off when I mentioned this is a living child, according to everything that’s going on with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. ‘So I don’t know why you’re not seeing that,’ I said.”
She plans to fight the ticket when she goes to court on July 20.
“It wasn’t because of Roe v. Wade that I hopped in the HOV lane. I just thought of it as me and another person.”
Rep. Brian Harrison, R-Texas, has pledged to introduce new legislation to correct the transportation code, as he also believes unborn babies are valid passengers.
Unborn babies are persons (meaning they’re also passengers), and should be treated accordingly under Texas laws. Will introduce legislation to clarify this. Brandy, keep fighting that ticket! #txlege https://t.co/ibs7cZl4vd
— Brian Harrison (@brianeharrison) July 10, 2022
As they say, necessity is the mother of all invention and the overturning of Roe v. Wade has resulted in some creativity no one could see coming.