Abortion Advocates Oppose Proposed Texas Rule to Require Abortion Facilities to Bury, Cremate Babies

pathological-waste-compressedAUSTIN, Texas — Abortion advocates have again expressed their opposition to a proposed rule that would mandate abortion facilities to cremate or bury the remains of murdered children instead of disposing of their bodies as medical waste or sending them into the sewer system.

“Legally, practically and morally, these rules are unnecessary,” a statement from Tina Hester of the organization Jane’s Due Process was read aloud during a public hearing on Wednesday.

“These proposed rules are not meant to protect people’s health and safety,” also remarked Yvonne Gutierrez, executive director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes. “They are just another attempt to restrict access to care that’s deeply needed and shame and hurt women in the process.”

Those opposed to the rule state that the requirement to cremate or bury the children would drive up the cost of an abortion. The Austin Chronicle reports that the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Texas estimates the rule will result in mothers paying an additional $2,000 to dispose of their children.

Abortion advocacy groups also opine that the current regulations are sufficiently humane.

As previously reported, abortion facilities customarily contract with third party medical waste companies to dispose of the aborted babies, which are usually classified as “pathological waste.” The containers of aborted babies, mixed in with boxes of bodily fluids, tissues and other items that are not permitted to be thrown in the trash, are then transported to an incineration plant where they are burned into ash.

However, current Texas law also allows for other types of disposal, including “grinding and discharging to a sanitary sewer system,” “chlorine disinfection/maceration followed by deposition in a sanitary landfill” or other “approved alternate treatment process, provided that the process renders the item as unrecognizable, followed by deposition in a sanitary landfill.”

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Sometimes abortion facilities fail to label the boxes for incineration and the children are therefore transported to autoclave sites where they are steam cleaned and dumped into landfills. As previously reported, the medical waste company Stericycle was fined $42,000 in Texas in 2011 for dumping fetal remains from Whole Woman’s Health in Austin with household and commercial trash.

“It was explained that medical waste is placed in red biohazard bags, then placed into boxes provided by Stericycle. Each fetus resulting from an abortion is placed into a hard plastic container and then into a red biohazard bag. The bag is then placed into a freezer, where it is stored,” an investigative report from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) outlined.

“When Stericycle arrives to transport the medical waste, the individual fetuses are removed from the freezer and placed into another large red biohazard bag. The red biohazard bag containing the fetuses is placed into the medical waste box along with other medical waste generated at the facility that requires treatment,” it continued.

While some stood against the proposed regulations on Wednesday, others said that treating babies as waste is unthinkable.

“It is unconscionable that anyone would defend the grinding and flushing of the bodies of unborn babies who are victims of abortion down the drain and into a city sewer system as if they were mere medical waste,” testified John Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life. “That method of the disposition of the remains should be banned, as the proposed rules do.”

“Governor Abbott believes human and fetal remains should not be treated like medical waste, and the proposed rule changes affirms the value and dignity of all life,” spokesperson Ciara Matthew also said when the rule was first introduced. “For the unborn, the mothers and the hospital and clinic staff, the governor believes it is imperative to establish higher standards that reflect our respect for the sanctity of life.”

A public hearing was also held about the rule in August.

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  • robertzaccour

    Choose life. It shouldn’t be about mother vs baby. Love them both.

  • Robert

    My Lutheran pastors always told me and showred me in the bible where hell will be worse for some than others.

  • The Skeptical Chymist

    This unnecessary restriction serves no purpose except to make abortions more expensive. It is an obvious attempt to infringe on the rights of the poor to obtain what wealthy people can easily obtain.

    • Oboehner

      As in poor you must mean the murdered infants, right?

    • jael2

      Your absolutely correct, this is an “unnecessary restriction”. The proper way to address this situation is to obey the sixth commandment ” thou shall not murder”, and obtain pro-life physicians who will treat both mother and child with dignity and respect. Furthermore, those who murder little boys and girls should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

      • stars misplaced

        people who murder little boys and little girls are arrested, go to trial and if found guilty, go to jail. murdering children is illegal in this country.

      • Palsgraf’s Scale

        Ironically, the fullest extent of the law would have them off free, because the highest court in the land made it pretty clear (7-2) that it wasn’t a crime.

        So, sure. Prosecute doctors for abortion. They aren’t doing anything illegal, and that isn’t going to change any time soon.

        Leaving alone the fact that abortion cannot be considered murder by the legal definition of either.

    • Amos Moses

      yeah … we should allow the poor to shop at Tiffany’s because it is discrimination to only allow them to window shop there ………..

      Anti-choicers just sit atop their moral pedestals and dictate that others should not have safe and affordable access to lion hunting, proving they only care about lions and not the hunters.

      Its clear that laws against lion hunting won’t stop lion hunting, it will only make lion hunting dangerous for the lion hunters, because banning lion hunting will drive hunters into remote back alley jungles to seek unsafe hunting. We do not want to return to back alley hunting.

      Allowing hunters safe and affordable access to lions, liberates and empowers hunters. For too long they have been oppressed and I for one cannot sit quietly by while hunterphobes try turning the clock on hunting rights back a hundred years.

  • Robert

    SOME WOMEN think there WORTH IS CHEAP when they say my body my choise. Their worth immeasurbly much more than that.. God made it so when he bought them with his own blood. WOMEN AND MEN OTHERS WISE WOULD ONLY BE WORTH CHEAP PRICES..YOU BODIS YEAR OWN IT WORTH SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST THAT .THAT NO AMOUNT OF MONEY CAN BE THE HIGH COST God did.

    • Oboehner

      Don’t take this the wrong way, but I think you just broke the misspelling record.

      • Robert

        I have lots of excuses for it though none of them are much good. Except my kindle fire is not exactly age and eyes sight and to stubby a fingers appropriate.

        • Oboehner


  • Ira Pistos

    They sacrifice children to hedonism. I don’t think the moral argument is going to reach them.

  • Rick

    The ongoing savagery of butcher mills and those who sacrifice their child for the sake of potential lifestyle inconveniences is an absolute abomination. The judgement against such a people will be severe.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Never knew God’s justice is His mercy upon mankind and all of His creation until I saw what mankind do to unwanted children. (Romans ch.8)

  • james blue

    My body is nothing more than a vehicle to carry my soul while on earth. My soul will rise to sit with my savior if my body is given a funeral or not.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Atheists have no salvation. Abortion is murder.

      • james blue

        What did I write about Atheists or abortion for that matter?

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          Atheists do not value everyone’s life. Atheistic China is your comrade. Those who murder children go to hell. ( Revelation ch.20)

          • james blue


          • johndoe

            Sorry but not all atheists kill people by the thousands. Quit with the blanket generalizations.

          • Patriot

            They prefer to do it by the millions.

          • johndoe

            I haven’t killed millions. Hmmmm….there goes your brilliant theory! If everyone were as smart as you wed still be in the dark ages.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            True. Probably reached a billion casuality by now. A death machine. The West did not suffer. Christian American fathers pushed back the atheists throughout the last century, and Russia came to its sense after suffering for 70 years. China and North Korea never had a Christian majority they haven’t come to the right sense yet.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Americans don’t know the reign of atheists. Very naive. Only the missionaries and pioneers and soldiers suffered. You are okay with abortion murder only because of your atheism. Psalm 14. America needs repentance for salvation.

          • johndoe

            Wro g again. I’m not ok with abortion and I’m an atheist.

  • bowie1

    Too bad they can’t even get a decent burial.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Abortion should be abolished altogether. There is no other way for mankind to be humane.

  • Michael C

    Would anti-abortion activists and legislators feel okay about abortions if every fetus was given a funeral?


    Then what’s the point of this law?

    • Palsgraf’s Scale

      To bleed these clinics of money by requiring unnecessary disposal methods. Cremation is expensive. It would be impressive if it wasn’t attacking a right that SCOTUS had already determined was protected.

    • johndoe

      It’s hard to explain family love to a homosexual.

  • Joe

    Stericycle services the majority of abortions clinics in the country. Stop them and most clinics cease abortion services immediately . They are a Fortune 500 company that has been ripping customers off in the most aggressive way of any publicly held company. Stop this company and babies will live.