Texas Bill Would Let Fetus Count as Second Person in an HOV Lane
Nov 17, 2022
by Julia Mueller
A bill proposed in Texas would allow a fetus to count as an individual when a pregnant person is driving in a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane.
The bill follows an incident earlier this year in which Plano resident Brandy Bottone claimed that new anti-abortion laws in the state meant her unborn child entitled her to driving in the lane, usually reserved for carpools, buses and other rideshares.
The Texas House Bill 521 would allow any pregnant driver to use the HOV lane “regardless of whether the vehicle is occupied by a passenger other than the operator’s unborn child.”
The recently filed bill, if passed, would give new meaning to the term “fetal personhood,” or the idea that a fetus is entitled to the same legal rights as a human being.
Texas Republican Briscoe Cain filed a bill that would make it legal for an unborn child to ride as the second occupant in an HOV lane.
Nov 16, 2022
A Texas legislator proposed a bill for the 2023 session that would allow pregnant women to drive in the HOV lane.
Texas State Rep. Briscoe Cain, a Republican, filed the bill which made it onto the agenda for the January 2023 legislative session.
Cain’s bill states, “An operator of a motor vehicle who is pregnant is entitled to use any high occupancy vehicle lane in this state regardless of whether the vehicle is occupied by a passenger other than the operator’s unborn child.”
…According to Fox Station KRIV in Houston, Cain proposed the bill after a Plano, Texas, woman made national headlines.
Brandy Bottone was 34-weeks pregnant and rushing to pick up her son when she was stopped by police for driving in the HOV lane on U.S. HWY 75, which requires at least two people to occupy the vehicle.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department officer asked Bottone if anyone else was in the vehicle, according to KRIV, and she said yes before pointing to her stomach.
The case was ultimately dismissed in court.