By: Scott Braddock

House Bill 35’s aim, Cook said, is to prohibit what he has often called an “abhorrent” practice of disposing of a fetus by placing it in a garbage disposal – it’s something that’s been allowed in Texas for nearly 30 years. In laying out the bill, Chairman Cook credited his Chief of Staff Toni Barcellona for discovering in April of last year that the practice was allowed by rule. She made the discovery while preparing for an interim hearing on fetal tissue research, Cook said.