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