In the United States, there are many roads on which there is a lane reserved for high-occupancy vehicles, i.e. not only buses, but also cars with multiple occupants. Faster because they are less crowded, the roads in question should lead citizens to want to use public transport more and carpooling more frequently.

Recently, a Texas driver was stopped by the Dallas police for driving this type of road when obviously there was no one else besides her without her car. Asked to stop, Brandy Bottone then left the arresting officer to inspect her vehicle, the Washington Post says. To be sure he hadn’t missed anything, the officer then questioned the young woman: “Is it just you or is someone traveling with you?”

The response of the person concerned seems almost to have been premeditated. “I told him, ‘Oh, it’s just the two of us.’ And he said, “Where?” Thirty-four weeks pregnant, Brandy Bottone then pointed to her belly to indicate the position of her passenger. Since the Texas Penal Code recognizes fetuses as people, technically there were two people in the vehicle.

“I stated that he was a living child, and this is the case if all that has been said about the repeal of Roe v. Wade “explains the driver in reference to the sentence that still recently authorized abortion in the United States.

Problem: The state transport code does not consider the fetus a person. As Brandy Bottone told himself shortly thereafter, he had to be in the car “Two bodies out of one body”. She was then fined $ 215 (€ 211) for using only the lane reserved for high-occupancy vehicles.

Not quite a pro-abortion activist

But the story doesn’t stop there: Brandy Bottone has in fact decided to challenge her fine in court. Experts believe her request is unlikely to go through, however, the transport code is the only valid one here. “Having said that, it is entirely possible that he runs into a judge who wishes to reward his creativity”explains Chad Ruback, an appeal attorney.

Brandy Bottone sincerely believes she was the victim of an injustice: “The laws don’t all speak the same language, it’s very confusing”, explains what he considers inconsistencies between the penal code and the transport code. His reaction could be interpreted as an activist reaction to the phasing out abortion ban in the United States, but is that really the case? Not really.

The Texan in fact explained to the press that she believes that women should be able to choose what to dissolve in their bodies, while specifying: “That doesn’t mean I’m in favor of the choice.” Before adding: “I wasn’t driving like that because of Roe v. Wade, but only because it was me and another person. “

The trial is scheduled for July 20, two weeks before her pregnancy ends.

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