AUSTIN, Texas Jan 4 A U.S. judge extended until
Jan. 27 a restraining order that halted a new Texas regulation
requiring fetal tissue remains to be buried or cremated to allow
for more time to make a ruling, the judge said on Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks has heard two days of
testimony this week on the regulation that the state contends is
aimed at maintaining the highest standards of human dignity.
Abortion rights groups contend it is an unnecessary and vague
regulation aimed at making abortions more arduous and expensive.
Sparks last month put the regulation on hold before it was
to take effect on Dec. 19. He had previously issued a temporary
restraining order to delay enactment until at least Jan. 6.
(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Tom Brown)