Texas judge temporarily blocks Texas fetal burial rule

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A USA judge on Thursday temporarily halted until January 6 a Texas regulation that would require abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetal tissue through burial or cremation, court documents showed.

The order prevents the regulation from going into effect while the lawsuit continues to be litigated.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, according to the Houston Chronicle, granted a temporary restraining order against the rules, which require that remains from abortions and miscarriages be buried or cremated, regardless of gestation or the birth mother's wishes.

Sparks is allotting two days in January to hear testimonies, and he is expected to give a ruling by Jan. 6.

"This restriction, just like the many before it, all across our nation, does not create any health benefit for women and is strictly designed to limit access to safe, quality abortion care", Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and chief executive officer of Whole Woman's Health, said in a statement. It is noted that the hospitals should follow the procedure whether or not the concerned woman is interested in it.

Texas judge temporarily blocks Texas fetal burial rule
Texas judge temporarily blocks Texas fetal burial rule

Abortion rights providers in legal filings against the Texas fetal tissue measure said it "imposes a funeral ritual" on women who have a miscarriage or an abortion, whether they want it or not.

"We are pleased that the court has prevented these outrageous restrictions from going into effect in Texas, where they would have created immediate and unsafe new barriers on women's access to health care", David Brown, CRR senior staff attorney said in a statement released to the public.

Earlier in June the U.S. Supreme court knocked down of one of the Texas laws that required health clinics that performed abortions to have all the facilities required to carry out a surgery and physicians to have tie up with nearby hospitals for availing admission facilities.

Proponents of the rules pushing for the burial or cremation of the infant bodies call for preserving the dignity of the unborn babies, and at the same time, preventing the spread of diseases coming from improper disposal of the dead fetuses.