Texas’ new rules over fetal remains could attract legal action

Texas’ new rules over fetal remains could attract legal action

The Satanic Temple has severely condemned the Texas Department of Health & Human Services’ new rules that require burial or cremation of aborted fetal remains.

Citing First Amendment concerns, the controversial religious group has declared its members wouldn’t comply because its belief in the “inviolability” of the body stands in conflict with the state’s new rules.

In a newly published statement, the Satanic Temple said, “The First Amendment protects our right to practice our beliefs, and under the Religious Freedom Reform Act (RFRA), the State must present a compelling reason for why they want to enforce rules that inhibit adherence to our religious practices.”

But, Governor Greg Abbott’s office touted the new rules as a change affirming the value and dignity of all life. The legislature is expected to pass the rules into a new law during the 2017 session.

The new rules would ban facilities from disposing aborted fetal remains as biological medical waste. However, these rules wouldn’t apply to females who undergo abortions or suffer miscarriages at home.

The controversial rules governing the way to dispose aborted fetal remains are slated to take effect on Dec. 19, 2016. However, a possible legal action could hinder the planned change.


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