Over the last few months, Texas has developed a series of new requirements that make it more costly, time consuming, and strenuous for women to obtain an abortion. On Monday, November 28, after months of controversy, Texas officially made it a requirement that any fetus aborted at a hospital, abortion clinic, or other medical facility must be buried or cremated after procedure regardless of gestation period.

History of abortion

Abortion has been around for many years. Despite its illegality before the 1960’s, many women were dangerously obtaining illegal abortions or conducting the procedure themselves leading to many pregnancy and childbirth-related deaths.

In 1973, Roe v. Wade was the integral Supreme Court case and turning point in America that gave a woman the Constitutional right to make independent medical decisions regarding their body, or in other words, legalized abortion. Within the last fifty years, many other abortion-related laws have been passed, such as claiming the illegality of abortion after the second trimester. Planned Parenthood health centers are commonly known to support the women’s constitutional right as they offer professional, safe, and comprehensive abortion services.

Texas abortion ruling

The new abortion rules were first proposed back in July of 2016 and have been contemplated for months. Earlier this week, Texas’ Republican Governor, Gregg Abbott, approved the proposal requiring the burial or cremation of aborted fetuses.

In an email, he said “I believe it is imperative to establish higher standards that reflect our respect for the sanctity of life. This is why Texas will require clinics and hospitals to bury or cremate human and fetal remains.” He then went on to say, “I don’t believe that human and fetal remains should be treated like medical waste and disposed of in landfills.”

This new ruling requires the medical officials to effectively take care of the aborted fetuses, and not the woman aborting.

There were therefore concerns raised for medical officials regarding the costs that will be associated with this. Another concern was raised for whether or not women will now revert back to self-aborting rather than seeing a medical professional for a safe procedure.

Pro-Choice and women’s rights activists were not happy about the new Texas law.

David Brown, the senior staff attorney of Center for Reproductive Rights, claimed the law to be unnecessary and an intrusion on women’s rights.

The new abortion regulation will take effect on December 19, 2016.

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