Linda G. Hill has given us an interesting challenge for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. She’s asked us to open the closest printed matter to us and to use the first 2 to 5 words at the top of the page any way we’d like in our post.
I happened to be reading an article last week’s issue of The Week magazine at around the same time that Linda posted this prompt. The first five words of that article were, “A pregnant Texas woman is fighting….”
The story was about a woman named Brandy Bottone. She was driving down the 2 or more person HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lane on The Central Expressway in Dallas on June 29 when she was stopped at a checkpoint to verify there were at least two passengers in the car.
When asked by the sheriff’s deputy where the other rider was, the pregnant Bottone pointed to her stomach. She said that she explained to the officer that Texas law now defines personhood as commencing at the moment of conception. Thus, by Texas law, her fetus now counts as a person in Texas.
The officer didn’t see it that way and issued Bottone a $215 ticket. Bottone said that he brushed her off when she mentioned that her pre-born baby 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,” she told the officer. He said that her vehicle needs to have two people outside of her body.
Now she is taking the case to court. Her protest, Bottone said, is not either for or against abortion. If Texas law says a pre-born baby is a person, then the HOV rule should reflect that. Texas can’t have it both ways. “My blood is boiling,” she said.
I’m curious what you who are reading this post think about this. Please let me know in the comments.