Aborted fetuses in Texas will soon have to be buried or cremated, according to new, absurd rules that start this month. Beginning December 19th, medical facilities must bury or cremate fetal tissue instead of disposing of them in sanitary landfills.
According to USA Today, the rules were filed by the Health and Human Services Commission. The burial requirement doesn't apply to any abortions or miscarriages that occur at home.
Proponents, including the Governor Greg Abbott, cite public safety and the integrity of the fetus as reasons for the rules. "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," shared a spokesperson.
Pro-choice advocates, on the other hand, feel that the rules are meant to restrict women's reproductive rights. "We're really appalled that Texas seems to be thumbing its nose at the Supreme Court," said Trisha Trigilio, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. "We've seen over the last few years in Texas, politicians pass dozens of restrictions that have resulted in more than half of the abortion clinics in our state closing. The actual purpose of these restrictions is to take more steps towards completely blocking access to abortion in our state."
The ACLU, per Trigilio, is currently exploring how to challenge the constitutionality of these rules in court.