Texas law­mak­ers de­bate fe­tal-re­mains bill de­spite judge’s rul­ing

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Aurora Aguilar

Texas law­mak­ers have started de­bat­ing a bill that man­dates burial or cre­ma­tion of fe­tal re­mains from abor­tions and mis­car­riages, de­spite a fed­eral judge’s de­ci­sion to block a sim­i­lar state rule. Providers say the re­mains are usu­ally in­cin­er­ated and de­posited in san­i­tary land­fills.

But Repub­li­can state Rep. By­ron Cook, who pro­posed the mea­sure, said the state al­lows putting such re­mains in garbage dis­pos­als. Texas’ health depart­ment pre­vi­ously set rules re­quir­ing burial or cre­ma­tion of fe­tal re­mains, but a U.S. District Court judge sus­pended them as “purely po­lit­i­cal.” Op­po­nents ar­gue the bill will dis­cour­age abor­tions by mak­ing them more ex­pen­sive.

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