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Texas Now Requires Funeral Services For Aborted Fetuses

Texas Now Requires Funeral Services For Aborted Fetuses November 30, 2016

Christian extremists in Texas mandate fetal remains be cremated or buried.

In a move meant to penalize and stigmatize women and abortion providers, Texas approved new rules this week requiring health care facilities that perform abortions to bury or cremate fetal remains instead of disposing of them in a sanitary landfill like other forms of biological medical waste.

The new rules requiring the cremation or burial of fetal remains will take effect Dec. 19, according to state health officials.

Alexa Ura of the Texas Tribune reports:

Despite intense outcry from the medical community and reproductive rights advocates, the state will prohibit hospitals, abortion clinics and other health care facilities from disposing of fetal remains in sanitary landfills, instead allowing only cremation or burial of all remains — regardless of the period of gestation.

The new rules would require abortion providers to cremate or bury fetal remains regardless of the period of gestation, and would no longer allow abortion providers to dispose of fetal remains in sanitary landfills like all other medical waste.

The new rules do not apply to miscarriages or abortions that occur at home. Under the new rules, birth or death certificates will not be required for “proper disposition” under the rules.

Raw Story reports abortion rights groups argue the regulations could help deter abortions in the socially conservative state. The new rules would force providers to seek disposal through crematoriums or funeral homes, and those business could face a backlash if they are seen as being aligned with abortion providers.

Creepy Texas Governor Mandates Funerals For Fetal Tissue

Texas Governor Greg Abbott wants to shame women who have abortions. The Republican governor of Texas ordered state health officials to add the new abortion regulations that would require the burial or cremation of post abortion fetal tissue earlier this year.

Commenting on the new rules, Ciara Matthews, a spokeswoman for Governor Abbott, said:

Governor Abbott believes human and fetal remains should not be treated like medical waste, and the proposed rule changes affirms the value and dignity of all life.

Governor Abbott’s statement makes it clear that the new rules have nothing to do with protecting public safety, and everything to do with pushing a radical anti-abortion agenda.

By requiring the burial or cremation of aborted fetuses Governor Abbott is adding an extra layer of red tape and expense to abortion providers and women who exercise their constitutional right to an abortion, while also insinuating the false claim that aborted fetal tissue is somehow a person deserving of cremation or burial.

Commenting on the new rules, Blake Rocap, legislative counsel for advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, said:

The rules target physicians that provide abortions and the hospitals that care for patients. It’s so transparent that what they’re really trying to do is denying access to abortion.

Bottom Line

The new rules in Texas represent the desires of despicable religious extremist to punish women who have abortions and abortion providers. They have nothing to do with public safety. They are instead yet another attempt by religious conservatives to shame and humiliate women seeking an abortion, while punishing abortion providers with onerous and unnecessary rules and restrictions.  

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