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Central Texans react to new abortion rule

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WACO, TX (KXXV) -

A new state rule set to take effect on Dec. 19 will require the remains of all aborted fetus to be either buried or cremated. 

The new rule is one that has some Central Texans at odds. 

Pro-choicer Mary Duty said she supports a woman's right to chose, because she once had to make a decision about whether or not to terminate a pregnancy.

"October the 14th, 1985, I had to have a medical procedure done at the hospital to save my life," Duty said. "I was bleeding to death and we had to stop the bleeding and the only way to stop the bleeding was to terminate the pregnancy."

Duty said experiencing an abortion is one reason she disagrees with the new rule. 

"I paid the price that day at the hospital with that horrible experience of losing that child, and there was nothing to bury. There was nothing to bury but blood," she said. "All it will do is further humiliate and further break the heart of a woman who had to make a decision like this," she added.

John Pisciotta is the director of Pro-Life Waco, and he said he sees why the new rule is going into effect.

"We have a pro-life, respect-life governor of Texas and so it's not surprising that he would take that initiative," Pisciotta said. "The remains of pre-born babies are not garbage, they're not medical waste."

The pro-lifer said he thinks this new rule gives aborted fetuses the proper respect they deserve.

"I think it is compassionate. It's a recognition that we give to born babies," he said. "I think it's a very positive step in saying that pre-born babies count for something."

But Duty thinks the rule is nothing more than a way to try to change federal legislation that gives a woman the right to chose whether or not to carry out a pregnancy.

"Rather than assault Roe v. Wade straight up front, and try to eliminate legal abortion in the United States, legislators have chosen TRAP laws, where we go at little bits of the procedure," Duty said. "It's redundant. It's already done. Fetal remains are already incinerated either in a hospital setting or an abortion clinic setting."

However, Pisciotta said he's hopeful more changes come when the state legislature resumes.

"I think it's a good step forward. I think there will be other steps taken when the legislature actually convenes," Pisciotta said. 

The new rule does not apply to miscarriages or abortions that take place at home. 

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