In the weeks since the election, several pieces of extreme abortions restrictions have popped up across the country.
Texas, following the lead of Indiana and Louisiana, issued controversial new rules requiring the burial or cremation of fetal tissue, and will be the first state to enforce such a rules. The rules have no apparent exceptions for those who spontaneously abort at home, requiring women who have just suffered a miscarriage to gather fetal remains, “regardless of the period of gestation” per the law, for incineration or disinfection and interment. While Governor Greg Abbott recommends these regulations to promote the sanctity of life, medical and burial professionals deride them as expensive and unnecessary. Opponents also assert the rules will disproportionately affect women of color and low-income who already have trouble shouldering the costs of medical procedures, will discourage women from seeking medical attention in the event of a miscarriage, and will drive women to unsafe abortions.