A bill requiring fetal remains from abortions and miscarriages to be buried or cremated is nearing House approval.
Texas' health department previously set similar rules, but a federal judge blocked them. Lawmakers now want to codify the requirements into state law, though doing so will likely trigger a new round of federal lawsuits.
Supporters want to ban the practice of disposing of such remains in garbage disposals, even though medical clinics say they are almost always incinerated and placed in sanitary landfills. Abortion rights groups counter that the law will increase the cost of abortion.
A similar bill cleared the Senate last month. The house version has passed committee, making it eligible for a floor vote soon.
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