Republican legislators in Texas are doubling down on their efforts to change the state’s abortion law.
Given President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court’s vacant seat, Republican legislators are reigniting their push for a more conservative approach to reproduction rights.
Just this week, legislators in Oklahoma made a push (that passed) that women would need a ‘permission slip’ of sorts from the father of the fetus before being allowed to move forward with an abortion.
In Texas, the campaign for an increase in regulation on abortions is being led by Senator Charles Perry.
Here are three things to know about the regulations that are being pushed.
Dilation and Evacuation would be banned
Dilation and Evacuation is a procedure used after 12 weeks of pregnancy. While there are a range of reasons why this abortion method may be used, a woman’s own health risks may be at the center of them. Limiting access to this kind of abortion would potentially lead to a less safe, and healthier, approach to having this kind of abortion performed.
Requiring fetal remains to be cremated or buried
Even beyond the psychological implications of having to cremate or bury a fetus the way one would a fully developed baby, this proposed amendment would dump a heavy burden on abortion-performing clinics, like Planned Parenthood. In a legal dispute in 2016, the state of Ohio had to pay $45,000 in dues to Planned Parenthood for the financial burden they had put them through by having them dispose of fetal remains in new ways.
Fetal tissues would not be able to be donated
Republican legislators are pushing to prohibit Planned Parenthood, or other clinics, to donate fetal tissues after their extraction, this would especially tie into the abortions performed under D&E.