A report out of England today is making waves around the world. An investigation found that the bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were burned and then used to heat UK hospitals.
Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat.
… One of the country’s leading hospitals, Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge, incinerated 797 babies below 13 weeks gestation at their own ‘waste to energy’ plant. The mothers were told the remains had been ‘cremated.’
Another ‘waste to energy’ facility at Ipswich Hospital, operated by a private contractor, incinerated 1,101 foetal remains between 2011 and 2013.
They were brought in from another hospital before being burned, generating energy for the hospital site. Ipswich Hospital itself disposes of remains by cremation.
U.K. Health Minister Dan Poulter called the practice “totally unacceptable,” and the Department of Health instituted a ban. It still raises the question, though, of why hospitals would think this was acceptable to begin with.
As horrifying and monstrous as this report is, it unfortunately isn’t altogether surprising. For most people, burning waste to generate heat isn’t a bad thing. What makes it so despicable is that these hospitals see the remains of babies as waste. But it is the inevitable result of a society that allows abortion to remain legal.
Unwanted children are discarded as garbage, their lives snuffed out before they even have a chance to live them, so it isn’t much of a leap for hospital bureaucrats to deem the remains of these children waste. If we refuse to respect the lives of these babies from the beginning, then why would anyone bother giving dignity to them in death? After all, they’re just aborted children. They were unwanted trash. Who cares what happens to them afterward?