The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found.
Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in â€˜waste-to-energyâ€™ plants which generate power for heat.
Last night the Department of Health issued an instant ban on the practice which health minister Dr Dan Poulter branded â€˜totally unacceptable.â€™
At least 15,500 foetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts over the last two years alone, Channel 4â€™s Dispatches discovered.
The programme, which will air tonight, found that parents who lose children in early pregnancy were often treated without compassion and were not consulted about what they wanted to happen to the remains.
Andrew Lilico points out the obvious.
Deaths in 9/11 attacks: 2,996
Number of staff working at the Financial Services Authority, 2012: 4,200
Number of aborted or miscarried babiesÂ burned as fuel to heat NHS hospitals in past two years: 15,500
Average attendance at matches in the football Championship so far in 2013/14: 16,500
Average daily attendance for 25 days of Test cricket played around Australia against South Africa and Sri Lanka during 2012/13: 17,500
Losses to the UK Fourth Army on the first day of the Somme: 19,240
I have only one thing to say. IfÂ any politician comments on this, immediatelyÂ check their voting record on abortion in the 2008 debates. Because, seriously, if you say this is wrong, but if youÂ didn’t vote to reduce the abortion limit back in 2008 when you could, then you are a rank hypocrite of the first order. Either it’s human tissue (burn away, what’s the problem) or it’s not. Make your mind up.
Now excuse me whilst I go and weep in a corner quietly.
Cranmer has this to say.
Parliament has determined that a baby in the womb up to 24 weeks (or 40, if disabled) is not a human being with a right to life. They have no identity, no destiny and no humanity: they are like Jews in Nazi Germany, and their mass incineration in NHS ovens is a Shoah of equal horror.
But the outpouring of disgust at this child-sacrifice by the liberal-left mainstream media is a bizarre hypocrisy. It seems to His Grace that they ought to be lauding NHS fuel recycling and energy-efficiency, instead of bleating about breached standards on the treatment of customers. We are not simply sacrificing foetuses to Molech, and neither are we concerned with a bunch of parasitical cells feeding off the host.
We are talking about our babies.
For either a foetus is a human baby or it is not. Its humanity cannot be determined by parliamentary whim or defined at the behest of pregnant women.