Abortion

Texas Not Budging on Rule Requiring Burial or Cremation of Fetal Remains

Sep 23, 2016
Ben Philpott / KUT Public Radio

*Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

Despite intense outcry from the medical community and reproductive rights advocates, Texas isn't budging on a proposed rule to require the cremation or burial of fetal remains.

Anti-Abortion Advocate's Group Receives Large Women's Health Grant

Aug 10, 2016
Stephen Spillman / The Texas Tribune

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

A group led by an anti-abortion advocate appears to be one of the largest recipients of state funding from the “Healthy Texas Women” program, which lawmakers recently created to help women find health care services paid for by the state.

Texas Tribune

Governor Greg Abbott has written a new rule concerning fetal tissue. The regulation would require abortion providers cremate or bury fetal remains. Many providers contract with specialized landfills that dispose of the remains.  

Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

An effort that would make it mandatory for all abortion providers to dispose of fetal tissue remains through either a burial or cremation service sparks heated testimony in Austin.  Those on both sides of the issue testified before the Texas Department of State Health Services Commission on how it would impact Texas women.
 

From Texas Standard:

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will hear testimony on a new rule that could affect abortion providers and those seeking such services. The new state rules would require abortion clinics to bury or cremate any fetal tissue from a miscarriage or abortion – even at the earliest stages of pregnancy. HHSC proposed the change four days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas' abortion restrictions passed in 2013.

This hearing is the last chance for the public to give comments on the proposed regulations. More than 80 people signed up to testify at the hearings, including Trisha Trigilio, attorney for the ACLU of Texas. She says the requirements would single out abortion clinics for disposal that wouldn’t apply to any other medical procedures.

 


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