This week, Texas introduced a bill that would be a game changer for the pro-life movement.
State Rep. Briscoe Cain (R) introduced House Bill 521, which states that “an operator of a motor vehicle who is pregnant is entitled to use any high occupancy vehicle lane in this state regardless of whether the vehicle is occupied by a passenger other than the operator’s unborn child.”
According to the Daily Wire, House Bill 521 has a good chance of passing due to the state already having passed a fetal heartbeat bill, which bans most abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy.
In June, a Texas woman made national news when she was pulled over in an HOV lane on Central Expressway in Dallas and told police that her unborn child should be counted as a second person.
Brandy Bottone, who was 34 weeks at the time, was questioned by the officer when he noticed that no one else was in the car.
“I pointed to my stomach and said, ‘My baby girl is right here. She is a person,'” Bottone recalled to The Dallas Morning News.
Bottone argued that due to the overturning of Roe v Wade, her unborn child was a person and should be included as one of the people in the car.
She received a ticket and another one for the same offense after her first one was dismissed without a court hearing, according to KXAS.
Bottone, who gave birth to a baby girl named Charlotte in August, believes that the proposed bill is a start.
“Wow! This is a wonderful step forward for the women of Texas,” Bottone stated. “Pregnancy is stressful, but your anxiety is through the roof without the hassle of being stopped and questioned if another life is on board is a step in the right direction. Baby Charlotte and I are rooting that the bill gets passed and other states follow suit.”
Cain’s bill proposal will be reviewed by Texas legislators on January 10. If approved, the bill would take effect on September 1, 2023.