Miscarriage of Burden: Day 2

Miscarriage of Burden: Day 2


For most of us choosing to start a family, that first ultrasound is a life-changing, life-affirming experience. Some of us get an extra surprise at that ultrasound, learning that we’re expecting twins, triplets, or more. Some 3-4% of births involve multiple fetuses.

Higher-order pregnancies, including triplets are more, are enormously high-risk. Only 10% of triplets are born full-term. The sharing of nutrition and oxygen from the mother’s body during pregnancy makes higher-order multiple pregnancies extremely high-risk.

Frequently, higher-order multiple pregnancies are one step in the agonizing journey of infertility. No parent-to-be pursues in-vitro fertilization or other assistive reproductive technologies lightly. By the time a woman in this situation learns that she is carrying multiples, she has given a great deal of thought to parenthood and has made emotional and financial sacrifices.

Most maternal fetal health specialists will ask mothers expecting triplets or more whether they wish to consider selective reduction. These parents are asked to decide. Do they want to bear the risk of loss to all of their unborn children by carrying them all? Or should they abort one or more of the fetuses to give the others a better chance of survival? Sometimes, the reduction of one or more fetuses is the only way a family can emotionally and financially cope with the pregnancy.

Not every abortion results in the end of a pregnancy.  The Fetal Remains Rule and HB 201 fail to account for these situations.


Governor Greg Abbott’s “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. How a woman handles her pregnancy 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 is directly experiencing it.

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.

Stand with us in saying NO.

Speak out against this rule and against the related House Bill 201. Stand with us in making a donation to Planned Parenthood, who works tirelessly to protect our most vulnerable women and families. You can donate digitally (https://secure.ppaction.org/site/Donation2…) or in person (https://www.facebook.com/events/214915562250859/), with events TBA happening in the next week across our state.

For more: Dona.Kim.Murphey@pantsuitrepublic.org

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