New state regulations set to go into effect Dec. 19 will require medical providers to bury or cremate fetal tissue instead of disposing of remains in sanitary landfills.
The regulations were first published this summer, shortly following a Supreme Court decision striking down Texas legislation meant to impose stricter requirements on abortion clinics.
On Monday, the Health and Human Services Commission filed the final rules. The rule does not apply to abortions or miscarriages that occur at home, according to health officials. While pro-life advocates are praising the decision, women’s rights groups and many in the medical community believe the bill has zero public health value and is solely meant to restrict women’s rights.