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Pro-choice activists celebrate during a rally at the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 27, 2016, after the court struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics. The justices voted 5-3 in favor of Texas clinics that had argued the regulations were a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the nation's second-most populous state. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A new Texas rule requires funerals for aborted fetuses

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Texas health officials required hospitals and abortion clinics to cremate or bury aborted fetuses, rather than leaving them in landfills, on Monday.

The ruling was opposed for months by abortion rights advocates and medical professionals, The Washington Post reports. In a nod to those groups, the state's Health and Human Services Commission said birth and death certificates do not need to be filed during abortions.

It’s so transparent that what they’re really trying to do is denying access to abortion.
Blake Rocap

Critics, like Blake Rocap of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, say the rules are unnecessarily restrictive and may increase costs for hospitals and abortion clinics.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott

But proponents, like HHSC spokeswoman Carrie Williams, said the ruling wouldn't increase costs. Gov. Greg Abbott (pictured) said the ruling would "enhance protection of the health and safety of the public."

The ruling inspired outrage in some abortion rights supporters.

Many thought it was intended to shame women seeking abortions.

But others thought it offered dignity to the dead.

Should funerals be required for aborted fetuses?

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