The Texas Supreme Court paused a lower court's ruling over the weekend allowing a Dallas-area woman to receive an abortion despite the state's new laws limiting access to the procedure. The case is believed to be the first of its kind in the US since Roe v. Wade was overturned last June.
Kate Cox, a 31-year-old mother of two, sued for an exemption to the state's restrictions after learning her unborn baby was at high risk for Edwards syndrome (see overview). A genetic disorder, the condition causes severe developmental issues—the majority of diagnoses (above 80%) result in fetal loss during pregnancy; roughly 50% carried to term survive birth, and of those, 5%-10% survive past 12 months.
Cox was 20 weeks pregnant when the suit was filed. Texas bans the procedure after around six weeks except for medical emergencies; Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) argued Cox's case does not meet the medical requirements for termination because the mother's life is not at risk.
The court did not signal when it may make a decision in the case.