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Texas to implement rules requiring burial or cremation of fetal remains

An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.
An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.

The rules will prohibit hospitals, abortion clinics and other health care facilities from disposing of fetal remains in sanitary landfills, allowing only cremation or burial. 

Grandmothers Mercedes Bristol (L) and Delia Martinez meet with with Ray Sauceda, district director for state Rep. Rick Galindo, R-San Antonio at the Divine Grace United Methodist Church in San Antonio on Oct. 19, 2016.
Grandmothers Mercedes Bristol (L) and Delia Martinez meet with with Ray Sauceda, district director for state Rep. Rick Galindo, R-San Antonio at the Divine Grace United Methodist Church in San Antonio on Oct. 19, 2016.

When grandparents step in, state often doesn't help

Taking in grandchildren can keep them out of the state's foster care system, but Texas often doesn't help grandparents who step up to do it.

An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.
An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.

Texas Not Budging on Rule Requiring Burial or Cremation of Fetal Remains

Despite intense outcry from the medical community and reproductive rights advocates, Texas isn't budging on a proposed rule to require the cremation or burial of fetal remains.

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can transmit the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, to humans. Officials say there have been no cases of mosquito-to-human transmission in Texas.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can transmit the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, to humans. Officials say there have been no cases of mosquito-to-human transmission in Texas.

Growing Zika Threat Prompts New Calls for Medicaid Expansion in Texas

Advocates for the uninsured are hoping the threat of Zika will spur Republican leaders to consider a massive expansion of subsidized health care to the low-income Texans they say are most vulnerable to the disease.

One of the six exam rooms at Haven Health Clinics in downtown Amarillo Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. The clinic provides services for women in the 26 county region of the Texas panhandle.
One of the six exam rooms at Haven Health Clinics in downtown Amarillo Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. The clinic provides services for women in the 26 county region of the Texas panhandle.

Anti-Abortion Advocate's Group Receives Large Women's Health Grant

A group led by an anti-abortion advocate received $1.6 million in state funding from a program recently created to help women find health care services paid for by the state.

An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.
An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.

Texas Wants Aborted Fetuses Buried or Cremated

In a little-noticed effort to regulate abortion providers, Texas health officials have quietly proposed rules that would require abortion providers to cremate or bury all fetal remains.

 

Lauretta Jackson, a physical therapist from Any Baby Can, works with Sara weekly to improve her body strength. Nonprofit therapy providers are worried budget cuts made by lawmakers will put them out of business.
Lauretta Jackson, a physical therapist from Any Baby Can, works with Sara weekly to improve her body strength. Nonprofit therapy providers are worried budget cuts made by lawmakers will put them out of business.

Analysis: What the Numbers in the Texas Budget Really Mean

Numbers can give you a full accounting of something without telling you what’s really going on, like when lawmakers talk about trimming budgets and saving money while diverting attention from whatever fell on the cutting room floor.