Pregnant Woman Argues HOV Ticket Citing Unborn Child Is A ‘Person’

Pregnant woman driving claims her fetus qualifies as a person so she can use the HOV lane
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A pregnant woman in Dallas attempted to argue her way out of a ticket after using the HOV lane even though she was alone in the car.

Her argument? In light of the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, and numerous Texas officials arguing a fetus is a person, she told the officers there were two people in the car: herself and the 34-week-old fetus in her stomach.

From the Houston Chronicle:

Plano resident Brandy Bettone was driving along U.S. Highway 75 en route to picking up her son when she found herself at a checkpoint facing a citation for using the high-occupancy vehicle lane while alone in her car.

Bettone said officers asked her if there were any more occupants inside her vehicle. Pregnant with a daughter, Bettone told the officers her unborn child was inside the vehicle with her, according to Lieber.

“I pointed to my stomach and said, ‘My baby girl is right here. She is a person,'” Bettone said. However the officers were not buying it. “He said, ‘Oh, no. It’s got to be two people outside of the body.'”

Bettone told the Dallas Morning News that one officer present at the time “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.”

In the end, Bettone received a $215 citation along with advice from the issuing officer suggesting that if she fought it, it would most likely get dropped.