Pregnant Mom Fights to Use HOV Lane: My Baby and I are Two People

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jul 13, 2022   |   8:32PM   |   Dallas, TX

A pregnant Texas mother who drove in the high-occupancy vehicle lane said she should not have received a ticket because her unborn baby was a second person in the vehicle.

TMZ reports Brandy Bottone is contesting her $275 traffic ticket, arguing that the overturning of Roe v. Wade and Texas pro-life laws mean her unborn baby is a person.

She received the traffic ticket June 29 for driving on the HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lane on Central Expressway in Dallas, according to Fortune. The lane is reserved for vehicles with at least two passengers.

Bottone said she was 34-weeks pregnant at the time, and she told the police officer who pulled her over that her unborn daughter was a second person.

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“One officer kind of brushed me off when I mentioned this 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,’ I said,” Bottone told the Dallas Morning News.

Her story recently went viral, and she told TMZ that she has received a lot of negative comments online. A few people even said she should abort her unborn daughter, who is nearly full-term, according to the report.

Bottone told TMZ that she decided to stop reading the comments because so many were nasty.

Whether her argument will be upheld in court remains to be seen. According to Fortune, the Texas penal code recognizes babies in the womb as people, but the state transportation code does not.

Texas began protecting unborn babies by banning most abortions last year through its state heartbeat law. After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe on June 24, the state trigger law that bans all abortions went into effect. Now, tens of thousands of unborn babies are being saved from abortion in the state.