By: Alexa Diaz
The state of Texas has passed a law regarding the aftercare of aborted fetuses to go into effect on Dec. 19, 2017. The law states that after the abortion, the family must cremate or bury the child so that it does not get placed with biological medical waste.
Burying and cremating the child is seen as acknowledging the unborn fetus as a human life. Republican Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, said to The Texas Tribune, “I believe it is imperative to establish higher standards that reflect our respect for the sanctity of life.” This law will force all situations of abortion (whether wanted or needed in regards to health) to become a trip of torment for women.
Anti-choice activists have tried hard enough to make abortion a living nightmare for women, and now they’ve got it. David Brown, a staff member for the Center of Reproductive Rights, tells Salon, regardless of the point the baby was carried until, the health care provider must treat the aborted fetus like a dead person. The mother to the child must fund the cremation or burial of her unborn child and experience the psychological torment that comes with it.
The new law will take the cost of abortion to another level now that a new tier of funeral costs are added to it. Salon even talks about the fact that Texan women are even looking into DIY abortions to move past the possibility of having to fund their unborn child’s funeral.
Women also want to avoid the public ridicule they’ll receive if a family member or friend has to see them bury their unborn child, unlike the privacy they’d have with their health care provider in a clinic without the Texas law. However, Texas isn’t the only state with new laws/bills regarding abortion.
Ohio created a “Heartbeat Bill” that banned abortions after a heartbeat was detected at around six weeks, but was vetoed by Republican Gov. John Kasich. However, Kasich did approve of a law that banned abortions after 20 weeks. All of these laws are steps back in women’s rights and the means of women making choices for their own bodies.