Pregnant Texas woman fighting HOV citation says the situation 'Boiled my blood'

On CNN Newsroom With Pamela Brown Sunday, Brandy Bottone joined the show to speak about her current situation of getting a citation for driving in the HOV lane while pregnant. Bottone, of Plano, Texas, believes that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade means that her unborn child should count as a second passenger.

“I kind of was in shock,” Bottone said, “and I was like, ‘Well, in light of everything that’s happened, and I’m not trying to make a huge political stance here, but do you understand that this is a baby?’ And he kind of just brushed me off.”

Bottone said that a second officer who issued the citation told her she’d probably win if she fought the ticket in court.

“Talked to that officer and he said a similar thing,” Bottone said, “and he said, ‘Ma’am, this is what you’re getting cited for, and honestly, if you go and fight this, I’m sure it’ll get dropped.’”

Since the incident, a Texas Republican legislator has vowed to introduce legislation that would make it law that all unborn children will be recognized people. But that won’t come soon enough to help Bottone in her legal fight.

“Boiled my blood that not only did I get dismissed, I didn’t have a conversation about it, but I also now just wasted my time,” Bottone said. “And I’m gonna have to waste my time July 20th fighting a ticket that I feel that I shouldn’t have gotten.”

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BRANDY BOTTONE: I kind of was in shock. And I was like well in light of everything that's happened, and I'm not trying to make a huge political stance here. But do you understand that this is a baby? And he kind of just brushed me off.

KYLIE MAR: Texas resident Brandy Bottone appeared on CNN Newsroom with Pamela Brown Sunday, where she spoke about fighting a ticket for driving in the HOV lane, claiming her unborn child counts as a second passenger. Bottone told of the moment she made that assertion after being pulled over.

BRANDY BOTTONE: He said great. Where is your-- is there somebody else in the car? And looking around I said, well, yes, there is. And he said, well-- well where? As he's peeking in the car and I pointed to my stomach. I was like right here.

KYLIE MAR: Bottone believes that the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe means her unborn child should be seen as a separate person. And she said a second officer told her she could win if she fought the citation. Talked to that officer and he said, similar thing. And he said ma'am, this is what you're getting cited for and honestly if you go and fight this I'm sure it'll get dropped. Following the incident, a Texas Republican has vowed to introduce legislation that will specifically recognize unborn children as people. But that will be too late to help atone in her current situation.

BRANDY BOTTONE: Boiled my blood that not only did I get dismissed and didn't have a conversation about it, but I also now just wasted my time. And I'm going to have to waste my time July 20, fighting a ticket that I feel that I shouldn't have gotten.

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