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Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 2

Article: Kate Cox Flees Texas as Abortion Battle Intensifies

"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears..."

That this beleaguered woman had to leave Texas in order to receive timely medical care is unconscionable.

The Texas abortion prohibition law goes into effect after about six weeks of pregnancy - before most women even know that they are pregnant. It does not have exceptions for rape, incest, or the medical needs of the mother. The only exception is if the mother has a life-threatening condition or if her pregnancy places her at risk of immediate death or bodily harm.

The Texas physicians (whose opinions are, at a minimum, expert-level) treating Mrs. Cox state that if her pregnancy goes to term, the child itself - if not stillborn - will die within a few days, and that completing her pregnancy term could prevent her from being able to conceive again.

So, given all of this, I don't see how the actions taken in this case can be considered anything other than draconian. I believe that I am pretty logical in my thinking, and the actions here tell me that Atty. Gen. Paxton believes that women are, or should be considered, second-class citizens (at best) with limited rights and no opinions of their own, that women are only useful as baby-making machines and once that no longer applies, their usefulness is negligible.

I fail to see how the draconian law underpinning Mrs. Cox's decision to leave Texas to receive timely medical care benefits Texas or Texans, but "... Brutus is an honorable man."


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