Texas Judge Rules Against Law Requiring Health Clinics to Bury or Cremate Fetuses

A federal judge has ruled against a Texas law that required health clinics to bury or cremate the bodies from abortions and miscarriages.

U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra struck down a provision that was part of Senate Bill 8, which was passed in 2017, in a decision released Wednesday.

“The implementation of this law, … would be a violation of a woman’s right to obtain a legal abortion under the law as it stands today,” wrote Judge Ezra, as quoted by the Texas Tribune.

Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and president of the pro-choice organization Whole Woman’s Health, celebrated the decision in a statement released Wednesday.

“Today’s ruling is a victory for all Texan women and their right to access safe, legal abortion with dignity,” stated Miller, whose organization has a history of challenging pro-life Texas laws.

“This decision reaffirms that Texan women are fully capable of making their own personal medical decisions about their families, futures, and reproductive health care.”

Texas Right to Life denounced the ruling against the SB 8 provision, calling the decision “very convoluted,” given that “on one hand the judge asserted that Texas does have a legitimate state interest in protecting and promoting preborn Life; however, he further stated that interest is not substantial enough to outweigh the abortion industry’s heckler’s veto.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski