The governor of Texas is a fucking idiot. In November, Greg Abbott approved a proposal requiring that “fetal remains” be either buried or cremated, regardless of gestational age. Regardless of gestational age — meaning the law doesn’t just apply to situations where there is a tiny embryo or fetus to dispose of.
Up to 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage, and many women miscarry before they even realize they’re pregnant. Why? Because an early miscarriage can look and feel EXACTLY like a regular period, and occur around the same time your menstrual cycle is expected.
The law doesn’t apply to miscarriages or abortions that happen at home (an occurrence that’s no doubt going to happen more and more often as we slip back into the dark ages regarding women’s reproductive rights, ahem, fucking Ohio, you ignorant pricks).
But if you’ve ever been a girl, you know that periods don’t wait until you’re sitting comfortably at home on the couch, with a heating pad and a box of chocolates, fully prepared for the event. Those bitches can strike at anytime, anywhere. And if you happen to be at a medical facility for any reason and Aunt Flo comes to visit, you can’t know for certain that it’s your regular period and not a very early miscarriage.
According to Mr. Abbott, the contents of your used pad or tampon are “fetal remains” and must be buried.
That’s fucking gross, dude, but whatever turns you on.
In the interest of following the law, some women have suggested sending your, um… products… to him for burial at:
Office of the Governor PO Box 12428 Austin, TX 78711-2428
*Note: While it’s not illegal to be a dumbass and require burial for bodily fluids, it is illegal to send them in the mail, so if you toss your tampons in the post, you do so at your own risk. We’re not saying it’s a good idea.