The White House announced that first lady Jill Biden will be bringing attention to the abortion issue at the upcoming State of the Union.
President Joe Biden will deliver his address to the joint session of Congress on March 7 and is expected to focus some remarks on the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. The Texas woman who made headlines when the court’s decision directly affected her pregnancy is slated to be Jill BIden’s guest at the event.
📌BREAKING: Kate Cox, who was forced out of Texas to deal with the horror and heartbreak of a nonviable pregnancy, has accepted first lady Jill Biden’s invitation to be a guest at the State of the Union address. pic.twitter.com/y6tt1vh1mS
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“On Sunday, the President and the First Lady spoke to Kate Cox, who was forced to go to court to seek permission for the care she needed for a nonviable pregnancy that threatened her life,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in an announcement Wednesday.
“They thanked her for her courage in sharing her story and speaking out about the impact of the extreme abortion ban in Texas,” she continued.
“The First Lady invited Kate to join her as a guest at the State of the Union and Kate accepted, so those are ways that you’re going to hear the president lift up those very personal stories,” Jean-Pierre added.
According to CBS News:
Cox, 31, and her husband, Justin, were parents to a girl and a boy already when they discovered in August 2023 that she was pregnant with their third child. But a series of tests revealed the baby they were expecting had serious medical problems, including trisomy 18, a severe genetic condition. The Cox family was told their baby would live a week at best, if she survived the pregnancy and birth, and Kate Cox said she feared for her own health and safety.
But Texas has effectively banned abortions, and Kate Cox’s request to obtain a court order for an abortion was denied by the state Supreme Court. Ultimately, Cox left the state and received an abortion in New Mexico, and said goodbye to the baby she and her husband had named “Chloe.”
Biden and Democrats are reportedly making efforts to keep the abortion issue at the forefront in the 2024 election and the president will be working hard to paint his predecessor, former President Donald Trump as being against this “right” of women.
“As Trump proudly brags he was the one who got rid of Roe v. Wade, paving the way for Republican extremists across the country to pass draconian bans that are hurting women and threatening doctors … one-in-three women of reproductive age now live under an abortion ban,” Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Biden-Harris campaign manager, told reporters.