A proposed bill filed in Texas would allow a fetus to count as an individual when a pregnant person is driving in a high occupancy vehicle lane, or HOV lane. Representative Briscoe Cain, R-Baytown, proposed House Bill No. 521, this week among the hundreds filed ahead of the 2023 legislature session.
If the HOV bill is approved, it would go into effect in September 2023 as part of the state’s Transportation Code. The bill follows a controversial incident earlier this year when pregnant Plano resident Brandy Bottone claimed that new anti-abortion laws in the state meant her unborn child entitled her to drive in the lane, usually reserved for carpools, buses, and other rideshares.