On Monday, a lawsuit was filed against the state of Texas to halt the recent mandate requiring the cremation of aborted fetal remains.
The new rule was proposed four days after a the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a proposed Texas law restricting abortions. According to State health officials, the rule is intended to help stop the spread of communicable disease.
The regulation which is scheduled to take effect on December 19th, requires “women’s health clinics within the state to bury or cremate embryonic and fetal tissue from abortions, miscarriages or ectopic pregnancy surgery, regardless of the woman’s wishes,” CNN reported.
The lawsuit was filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights. They filed the suit on the behalf of an Austin-area gynecologist as well as several Texas women’s health clinics. The group said the new mandate contradicts the recent ruling by the high court which struck down the possibility of restricting abortions.
The ruling upheld the idea that the state cannot impede a women’s right to access abortion options “without providing medical benefit.”
Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement, “these regulations are an insult to Texas women, the rule of law and the US Supreme Court, which declared less than six months ago that medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion access are unconstitutional. These insidious regulations are a new low in Texas’ long history of denying women the respect that they deserve to make their own decision about their lives and their health care.”
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