The state of Texas is taking its fetal worship to new heights, preparing to make official a rule that would require cremation or burial for any aborted fetuses, embryos or even blastocysts. They did manage to strip out the same requirement for miscarriages.
After months of fierce opposition from abortion rights advocates and the medical community, Texas will require fetal remains to be cremated or buried instead of disposed in sanitary landfills.
On Monday, health officials finalized the new rules prohibiting hospitals, abortion clinics and other health care facilities from disposing of fetal remains — regardless of the period of gestation. The rules will take effect Dec. 19, according to state health officials, the Texas Tribune reported.Following criticism from medical providers, the state’s Health and Human Services Commission clarified that the requirement does not apply to miscarriages or abortions that take place at home. It also does not require birth or death certificates to be filed, to maintain confidentiality.
The move comes after months of public comment periods, hearings and more than 35,000 comments submitted to health officials since the rules were first proposed in early July. With little notice, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) approved the proposal, saying that he does not believe fetal remains should be “treated like medical waste and disposed of in landfills,” the Texas Tribune reported.
What, no baptism requirement? How will the little clump of cells make it into heaven? I’m surprised they don’t require that they all be named Baby Jesus and placed on altars in their churches to worship.