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Judge Blocks Texas Fetal Burial Rule

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Good news -- a federal district judge has temporarily blocked the new regulation requiring burials or cremations for fetal remains.

Judge Sam Sparks of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled on Thursday than an agency rule requiring health care providers to cremate or bury fetal remains will not go into effect before he rules on the case, which will likely be in early January. According multiple reports, Sparks set hearings for Jan. 3 and will likely rule before Jan. 6.

Whether Judge Sparks ultimately rules for or against the new big (Republican) government regulation, the decision will likely be appealed to a higher court and, although it may seem to be unrelated at first glance, the outcome of this case could have implications for a new regulation that was recently passed in Oklahoma.

In Texas, healthcare providers will be required to pay for the burial or cremation of fetal remains. In Oklahoma, healthcare providers will be required to pay for signs that urge women not to have an abortion.

In either case, the regulations are a burden that have no impact on public safety or health and may violate the First Amendment.

  • muselet

    If Sam Sparks isn’t tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail over this, I’ll be shocked.

    (And I know I’ve said this before, but fetus fetishists are weird.)

    –alopecia

  • Username1016

    Personally, I think abortion rights activists should invest in a hearse. And then EVERY time this stupid law applies, get a funeral cortege together and drive reeeeeealllly slooooooowly down main thoroughfares for several hours before the burial. You want a funeral? We give you a funeral. Be careful what you wish for.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    A new pending bill will require a full funeral and mandatory attendance by the family while the fetal heartbeat is blasted from loudspeakers. Afterward, Amazing Grace will be played on bagpipes and you will be required to give a lengthy eulogy.

    (of course, none of this will be paid for by the state – Republicans are for small government after all, and helping you pay for things would be communist).

    If it was an abortion, you will be required to wear a scarlet A from then on whenever you are on Texas soil.