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Texas to Require That Aborted Babies Be Buried or Cremated

By Melanie Arter | December 1, 2016 | 12:26pm EST
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Beginning this month, new rules proposed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will require aborted babies to be cremated or buried, the Huffington Post reported Wednesday.

The cremation or burial must take place immediately after the abortion, and “the incinerated remains must then be scattered or buried,” the article noted.

According to the Texas Register Health Services Rule 1.136 Approved Methods of Treatment and Disposition regarding Pathological Waste, “The products of spontaneous or induced human abortion shall be subjected to one of the following methods of treatment and disposal: (i)fetal tissue, regardless of the period of gestation, except as provided by §1.133 of this title (relating to Scope, Covering Exemptions and Minimum Parametric Standards for Waste Treatment Technologies Previously Approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services): (I)incineration followed by interment; (II)steam disinfection followed by interment; or (III)interment.”

The new rules are part what the governor said are meant to “reflect our respect for the sanctity of life” and “turn the tides against the soulless abortion industry in Texas,” according to a fundraising email he sent in July, HuffPost reported.

The cost of cremation, which can be as high as $10,000, will be paid by the facilities that dispose of the aborted baby’s remains, the article noted.

The Texas Tribune reported that the new rules don’t apply to “miscarriages or abortions that occur at home.” Furthermore, birth or death certificates won’t be “required for ‘proper disposition’ under the rules.”

According to the Tribune, health officials said the rules will go into effect on Dec. 19.

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