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First Lady Jill Biden has invited a guest to attend her husband’s State of the Union address, which will likely infuriate a significant portion of the country.
Jill Biden has invited Kate Cox, who “made headlines last month when she was denied an abortion in Texas for her unborn baby with a fetal anomaly and so left to obtain the abortion out of state,” the Daily Wire reported.
The administration made the announcement on Monday and Cox has accepted the invitation.
“On Sunday, the President and the First Lady spoke to Kate Cox, who was forced to go to court to seek permission for the care she needed for a nonviable pregnancy that threatened her life. They thanked her for her courage in sharing her story and speaking out about the impact of the extreme abortion ban in Texas,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.
“The first lady invited Kate to join her as a guest at the State of the Union, and Kate accepted, so those are ways that you’re going to hear the president lift up those very personal stories,” the press secretary said.
In December, the Texas Supreme Court ruled against Cox, 31, determining that she did not qualify for a medical exception abortion under the state’s abortion prohibition.
Cox’s legal representatives contended that her unborn baby had a life-threatening fetal condition and that continuing the pregnancy posed a risk to Cox’s future fertility, the DW reported.
Cox, a mother of two, was over 20 weeks pregnant with a baby diagnosed with trisomy 18, a condition characterized by an additional chromosome 18 and associated abnormalities such as heart defects.
Approximately 95% of pregnancies affected by trisomy 18 end in miscarriage. Nevertheless, some infants do survive beyond birth and can reach toddlerhood, adolescence, or even older ages. There are reports of a woman, thought to be one of the oldest individuals with the condition, living to 40 years old.
Unter Texas law, abortions are allowed only when a pregnancy seriously threatens the life of the woman or carries “a serious risk of substantial impairment of a major bodily function.”
The state Supreme Court wrote in its ruling that Cox’s doctor “asked a court to pre-authorize the abortion, yet she could not, or at least did not, attest to the court that Ms. Cox’s condition poses the risks the exception requires.”
Cox’s legal team contended that she required a dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion as undergoing vaginal labor posed a risk of uterine rupture due to her two prior C-sections. According to court documents, Cox’s doctors advised her that another C-section delivery would elevate the risk of future pregnancies and potentially harm her fertility.
The Daily Wire added that the woman had been to an emergency room multiple times during her pregnancy for symptoms that included cramping and discharge.
“No one disputes that Ms. Cox’s pregnancy has been extremely complicated. Any parents would be devastated to learn of their unborn (fatal condition) diagnosis. Some difficulties in pregnancy, however, even serious ones, do not pose the heightened risks to the mother the exception encompasses,” the Texas Supreme Court noted, adding that justices instructed the Texas Medical Board to provide additional guidance on administering the state’s abortion law.
The Biden administration has launched an initiative, using Vice President Kamala Harris, to make so-called “reproductive rights” — abortion — a major campaign issue. But according to exit polling in New Hampshire’s primary conducted by CBS News, the vast majority of voters place abortion way below the chaos Biden has allowed along the U.S.-Mexico border and the economy.
Also, a new national poll done by Marist University showed that two-thirds of Americans favor pro-life laws that place limits on abortions, Off The Press reported.
“The 2024 Knights of Columbus-Marist Poll results indicate that 66% of Americans support placing legal limits on abortion, while nearly 6 in 10 support limiting abortions during the first three months of pregnancy,” the report said.
“The survey, conducted by the Marist Poll, also found that 83% of Americans support pregnancy resource centers, which offer support to mothers both during and after their pregnancy. Additionally, the poll found that two-thirds of Americans believe healthcare professionals with religious objections to abortions should not be legally required to perform them,” Off The Press said.