Miscarriage of Burden : Day 1

Miscarriage of Burden : Day 1

Dearest Pantsuiters,

Welcome to Day 1 of Miscarriage of Burden: 12 Days of Education and Fundraising Against the Fetal Remains Rule.  Are you ready to be outraged?  Are you ready to be fired up?  We are, so let’s get down to it.

Governor Greg Abbott has signed an executive rule that is bringing a burden to bear on all Texas women.  This rule, the “Fetal Remains Rule” as it’s known, goes into effect on December 19, 2016.  Pantsuit Republic vehemently opposes this rule due to its harmful emotional and financial effects on Texas women.  It is still unknown how big the negative impact will be on the medical and the funeral industries.  We cannot change the executive rule at this time, but we can protest it.

We will make our voices heard, and we will NOT lay down our bodies and our autonomy without vocal opposition!

The struggle some women face surrounding pregnancy are intensely personal, and women should be allowed to choose whether and with whom they share these intimate experiences.  As of December 19th, 2016, the State will have its hand in every miscarriage that occurs in a medical facility in Texas.  Women who suffer the experience of a miscarriage will be forced to bury or cremate their fetal remains- regardless of whether that process further exacerbates any trauma and pain they may have experienced.

As of December 19th, 2016, women no longer have a say in how they mourn.  

Governor Greg Abbott, with his support of this rule, is exploiting what is potentially the most vulnerable moment of a woman’s life to further his own political agenda.  Make no mistake- this rule was supported by the Governor in order to define fetal tissue as having had a life that warrants the accoutrements of death.  This rule was created to add one more hurdle and additional cost to safe medical procedures.

Pantsuit Republic firmly believes there is no place for politics in a miscarriage or any other medical procedure a woman experiences.  The cost to bury or cremate fetal remains is currently estimated at $1,000-$2,000, and the rule simply states that healthcare facilities must comply without providing for any funding mechanism to support it.  Costs will likely be passed to the patient.

How a woman handles the aftermath of a miscarriage will vary as much as women themselves vary; but it is inevitably a time of deep contemplation, privacy, and self-care that should only be directed by the person who experienced the miscarriage.

Stand with us in saying NO.  Stand with us in saying ENOUGH.  Stand with us in making a commitment to speaking out against this rule and against House Bill 201 that is following the rule to the Legislature this January. Stand with us in making a donation to Planned Parenthood.

In keeping with our mission to support ally and partner organizations with shared values, Pantsuit Republic is hosting a fundraising drive for Planned Parenthood at this link (https://secure.ppaction.org/site/Donation2?3066.donation=form1&df_id=3066&JServSessionIdr004=qo2f2jo496.app210b). Planned Parenthood does the frontline work to protect our most vulnerable women and families despite the hurdles Governor Abbott continually attempts to create for the provision of care for women in Texas.

We will also be hosting a live event at Axelrad in Houston on Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00pm in order to collect funds for Planned Parenthood and donations of boxes of feminine hygiene products for a local women’s shelter.  Mark your calendars now or RSVP on Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/events/214915562250859/).

Please share your stories of how this rule and law would affect you and your family.  We are dedicated to hearing your voices and listening to your narratives, especially when our state government does not.

For more: , dona.kim.murphey@pantsuitrepublic.org

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