Fetal-burial measure clears Senate, 22-9
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.