By: Noah Zucker

Brandy Bottone, who was 34 weeks pregnant at the time, ended up getting a $215 fine.

“My baby girl is right here,” said the mom who was on the way to pick up her son.

“She is a person.”

But the officer didn’t buy that explanation.

“Oh, no. It’s got to be two people outside of the body,” he said.

The incident happened shortly after Roe v. Wade was overturned.

“If a fetus is considered a life before birth, then why doesn’t that count as a second passenger?” the driver asked.

Amy O’Donnell, a spokeswoman for Texas Alliance for Life – an anti-abortion group, agreed with the officer.


At Texas Alliance for Life, another anti-abortion nonprofit organization, president Joe Pojman said he did not support Toth’s personhood bill because fetuses already have sufficient rights in Texas.

“I didn’t see anything that was not already in the Texas law,” Pojman said, adding that references to fetal rights are scattered throughout Texas’ legal code. Texas’ Estates Code, for example, protects inheritance rights for fetuses. And Texas’ Advance Directives Act, which would allow a doctor to end life support for certain patients, does not apply to pregnant women.