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.
Critics, like Blake Rocap of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, say the rules are unnecessarily restrictive and may increase costs for hospitals and abortion clinics.
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."
God Damnit this Texas shit is pissing me off! Bury an abortion?! What in the world?!!!?!!!— XXXKREAYTIONS (@KREAYSHAWN) November 30, 2016
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.
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