Kate Cox, the Texas woman at the center of a high-profile abortion caseIn March, he will attend the State of the Union address as a guest of First Lady Jill Biden, the White House announced on Wednesday.
They called President Joe Biden and First Lady Cox spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said at a press briefing on Sunday to hear about her experience and invited her to participate in the appeal.
“They thanked her for her courage in sharing her story and speaking out about the impact of the abortion ban in Texas,” 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 the ways you’ll hear the president raise these personal stories.”
Cox sought a court order to terminate her pregnancy after Thanksgiving when she learned her developing fetus had been diagnosed with trisomy 18. a rare chromosomal disorder This significantly increases the risk of stillbirth or infant death shortly after birth. A lower Texas court granted Cox and her husband’s request that the state’s abortion ban prevent her from appealing her case, but The Texas Supreme Court ruled against him last month.
Cox left the state shortly before the Texas Supreme Court’s decision, and his attorneys said he should seek medical attention. “due to continued deterioration” of his health.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Republican, threatened to take legal action Against medical professionals who might be dealing with Cox’s case.
Biden announced new initiatives on abortion rights Roe v. At a meeting Monday with members of the Reproductive Health Care Access Task Force, which coincided with the 51st anniversary of the Wade ruling. The Supreme Court overturned the decision in 2022.
The administration has repeatedly called on Congress to pass legislation that would restore reproductive rights protections that existed under Roe. But even when Democrats controlled the House and Senate, those efforts failed.
On Monday, Biden reiterated his call for Congress to codify the protections provided by Roe, adding that he would “immediately” sign the bill into law if it passes.
“Stop playing politics with women’s lives and freedom. Let the doctors do their work,” he said.
The White House and Biden’s re-election campaign blamed Republicans Because of their restrictive stance on abortion, they condemned it as part of the ban in every state in the country “a dangerous, extreme and untouchable agenda.”
Democrats drew significant attention as a central issue in abortion rights campaigns Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022. But Biden has largely shied away from portraying himself as an advocate for abortion rights, focusing instead on issues like health care, infrastructure and the economy.