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group of abortion providers in Texas filed a lawsuit Monday challenging new state regulations on how health care facilities should dispose of fetal and embryonic tissue.
Under the new regulations, which go into effect Sunday, clinics would be required to bury or cremate the tissue resulting from miscarriages, abortions and related procedures. The rules would also require the issuance of a “certificate of fetal death” if the fetus meets certain weight and age criteria.
According to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Austin, the regulation “burdens women seeking pregnancy-related medical care” and “imposes a funeral ritual on women who have a miscarriage management procedure, ectopic pregnancy surgery, or an abortion.”
Led by the clinic that prevailed earlier this year when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a different set of abortion-related regulations in Texas, this case seeks a declaration that the new rules are unconstitutional and thus can’t be enforced. Similar restrictions have popped up in other parts of the country.
there should be no funeral ritual imposed after an abortion, that is just wrong. Further, that tissue could be used for research when possible.