It was, however, clarified that this new law will not apply to abortions carried out at home. It will also not be applicable to miscarriage. To retain confidentiality, women will not need to fill out a death certificate.
The proposal was approved rather swiftly by Governor Greg Abbott after he stated he disapproved of “fetal remains” being “treated like medical waste and disposed of in landfills.”
Abbott stated that this new law was created in an effort to protect the rights of the unborn. He also hopes it will shift the attitude toward abortion in the state of Texas.
He stated in a letter to the Texas Tribune:
“I believe it is imperative to establish higher standards that reflect our respect for the sanctity of life.This is why Texas will require clinics and hospitals to bury or cremate human and fetal remains.”