Fe­tal-burial mea­sure clears Se­nate, 22-9

Austin American-Statesman - - MORE OF TODAY’S TOP NEWS - — CHUCK LIN­DELL, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

The Texas Se­nate on Thurs­day ap­proved a bill to re­quire med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties to en­sure that fe­tal re­mains, whether from an abor­tion or mis­car­riage, are buried or cre­mated.

Se­nate Bill 258, by state Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dal­las, was sent to the House on a 22-9 vote with­out dis­cus­sion. SB 258 would out­law the most com­mon dis­posal method af­ter an abor­tion — de­posit­ing in­cin­er­ated ashes in a san­i­tary land­fill — but the burial or cre­ma­tion re­quire­ment would not ap­ply to women who mis­carry at home or to drug-in­duced abor­tions.

A fed­eral judge blocked Texas from en­forc­ing a sim­i­lar rule last Jan­uary.

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