In a significant legal victory, a Texas judge granted a woman's plea for an abortion due to a severe anomaly in her pregnancy. 

CHALLENGING TEXAS' ABORTION BAN

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Kate Cox, a 31-year-old mother-of-two from Dallas-Fort Worth, filed a lawsuit against the state challenging its tough abortion bans. The judge, Maya Guerra Gamble, expressed concern over the potential injustice of denying Cox the ability to become a parent, considering the dire circumstances of her pregnancy.

ORIGINALLY DENIED ACCESS TO ABORTION

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Currently carrying a fetus with trisomy 18, a condition with minimal chances of survival, Cox had been denied access to the safest abortion procedure- a dilation and evacuation. The ruling, delivered after a brief half-hour hearing in Travis County's 459th District Court in Austin, acknowledges the unique circumstances of Cox's case.

20 WOMEN CHALLENGE ABORTION IN SEPARATE LAWSUIT 

This legal battle is distinct from another lawsuit involving 20 women challenging the threats posed by Texas' abortion bans to their lives. This separate case awaits a ruling from the Texas state Supreme Court, questioning the legitimacy of the bans, especially in situations involving fatal fetal anomalies and medical emergencies.

LEGAL PENALTIES FOR ABORTIONS IN TEXAS

Texas' layered abortion bans carry severe penalties, making it a second-degree felony to perform or attempt an abortion, punishable by up to life imprisonment and a hefty fine of $10,000. While exceptions exist for medical emergencies and fatal fetal diagnoses, ongoing legal disputes highlight the challenges doctors and patients face in accessing or providing necessary care under these restrictive laws.

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