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The New Abortion Rights Law Adds to the Abortion Debate

Texas health care providers will have to cremate or bury the remains of aborted fetuses under a new rule taking effect December 19th.Those opposed to abortions see the rule change as a way to offer dignity and respect to the unborn, while abortion rights supporters see it as medically unnecessary, and designed to shame women […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaTexas health care providers will have to cremate or bury the remains of aborted fetuses under a new rule taking effect December 19th.Those opposed to abortions see the rule change as a way to offer dignity and respect to the unborn, while abortion rights supporters see it as medically unnecessary, and designed to shame women who seek abortions.

Current rules treat abortion remains like other human tissue, which can be disposed of in a sanitary landfill. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk about the legality of the new fetal remains rule and why a judge blocked a similar law in Indiana back in June with Alexa Ura, reporter for The Texas Tribune.

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