An undue burden

Rewire reports:

A federal judge on Friday issued a preliminary injunction blocking the State of Texas from implementing rules that require cremation or burial of “fetal remains.”

Judge Sam Sparks wrote in the decision that the rules implemented by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) constituted an “undue burden” on access to abortion care.

“It seems unlikely DSHS’s professed purpose is a valid state interest and not a pretext for restricting abortion access,” Sparks wrote. “By comparison, Plaintiffs face likely constitutional violations, which could severely limit abortion access in Texas.”

The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit in December challenging the rules, and will now seek an order from the court to permanently strike down the rules.

The rules could add up to $2,000 to the cost of abortion care, according to the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Texas.

It’s hard to imagine anything more intrusively insulting. Maybe next they’ll be writing laws that tell women to enroll their aborted fetuses in school.

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