LONDON, March 24, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Thousands of bodies of aborted babies have been incinerated, along with other “medical waste” in a process that was used to help heat British hospitals, UK media has revealed. The Daily Telegraph reports that more than 15,500 babies have been incinerated as “clinical waste” some of which have been used in “waste to energy” schemes to generate power for the hospitals.
The practice was discovered by Channel 4’s Dispatches investigative news program, which found at least 10 NHS Trust hospitals have been using the remains of aborted and naturally miscarried children along with hospital rubbish. The Department of Health has issued an immediate halt to the practice and Health Minister Dr. Dan Poulter has called it “totally unacceptable.”
NHS’ medical director has written to all NHS trusts to tell them the practice must stop and Chief Medical Officer Sally Davies, has written to the Human Tissue Authority to “ask them make sure that guidance is clear,” the Telegraph reports.
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Paul Tully, general secretary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, told LifeSiteNews that the issue of the disposal of the bodies of aborted babies in hospitals “has been a concern for some time.”
Tully said that while there are guidelines for disposing of fetal remains, usually laid out mainly by hospital administrations, there is no specific law covering it. But he said that because of the need of abortion supporters to continue to deny the reality of the unborn child, there is a “huge burden” placed on hospital staff, who are given the remains for disposal just like any other hospital medical waste, and it creates “a horrendous strain” for them.
“The combining of the remains of aborted babies with other material in hospital incinerators is not supposed to happen, but there is no legal restriction on how the remains are disposed of, beyond those required for hygienic reasons,” Tully said.
But he added that it “comes as no surprise to us that babies’ bodies are being disposed of in this way, horrifying as it is.”
“I think, psychologically, to ask staff who are in charge of hospital incinerators to make this distinction is putting an appalling psychological burden on them, and is quite wrong. It’s involving them [remotely] in the abortion process.”