One of the ways pro-life lawmakers have been working to end the trafficking and sales of aborted babies’ body parts is with laws requiring that the babies’ remains be cremated or buried.
A number of state lawmakers introduced this type of legislation after the Center for Medical Progress’s undercover investigation revealed that the abortion industry may be illegally profiting off the sales of aborted babies’ bodies.
Earlier this year, Indiana passed a law requiring that aborted babies’ bodies be buried or cremated, and Texas is considering new rules that would require similar treatment for aborted babies. Legislation also has been proposed in Ohio, South Carolina and Mississippi.
Abortion advocates are attacking the new legislative effort, however. In a new column, The Daily Beast’s Samantha Allen blasted the regulations. Her headline described them as “despicable.”
She argued that, at best, the new requirements are meant to be inconvenient and, at worst, they will “place yet another burden” on the abortion industry. Allen said these requirements could potentially raise the cost of abortions and make it harder for women to have them.
A spokeswoman for the Indiana branch of Planned Parenthood told Allen that they are struggling to find funeral homes willing to work with them to bury or cremate aborted babies’ bodies, as the state law now requires.
Zoey Lichtenheld, a spokesperson for NARAL in Texas, told Allen that they are still trying to figure out how the newly proposed Texas rules will impact abortion facilities.
“… generally, measures that restrict embryonic and fetal tissue disposal can be impossible for abortion clinics to comply with and have the potential to block Texans’ access to abortion,” she said.
Here is more from the report:
In the absence of these measures, fetal tissue is treated like any other form of human medical waste. Under the current Texas rules, for example, discarded human body parts and organs can be incinerated and placed in a sanitary landfill or ground and discharged into a sanitary sewer system. Abortion providers generally maintain contracts with third parties who dispose of fetal tissue in this way.
But if these requirements become commonplace, abortion providers would have to jump through additional hoops to dispose of their medical waste. Current Indiana law states that women themselves are “responsible for the costs related to the final disposition of the aborted fetus” if they choose to use their own funeral home but, otherwise, abortion providers “shall provide for” the cost.
The proposed Texas rules would apply to all fetal tissue “regardless of the period of gestation” and would likely require abortion providers to establish relationships with funeral homes and cemeteries instead of following their current practices.
Americans United for Life drafted model legislation that states are using to ensure aborted babies’ bodies are disposed of in a dignified manner. AUL past-President Charmaine Yoest said the regulations ensure “that mothers are given the opportunity to ensure that their deceased infants receive respectful treatment, and that the bodies of aborted infants are not exploited.”
Recent investigations of Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses have revealed why pro-lifers are pushing for the legislation. Several state investigations uncovered callous and illegal treatment of aborted babies’ remains.
In Ohio, the state attorney general’s investigation found that Planned Parenthood was having aborted babies’ bodies “steam cooked” before they were dumped in landfills. An investigation in South Carolina also caught Planned Parenthood facilities illegally dumping aborted babies’ bodies in public landfills, and fined the abortion business.
Allen predicted that more states could consider such legislation in the months ahead.