Burning Babies

Words fail me.

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 ‘waste-to-energy’ 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 ‘totally unacceptable.’

At least 15,500 foetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts over the last two years alone, Channel 4’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.

Andrew LilicoLargest number of participants in a single tug of war tournament: 1,574

Deaths in 9/11 attacks: 2,996

Number of staff working at the Financial Services Authority, 2012: 4,200

Number of aborted or miscarried babies 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. If any politician comments on this, immediately check their voting record on abortion in the 2008 debates. Because, seriously, if you say this is wrong, but if you 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.

Update

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.

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  • C. Quinn-Jones

    Hi Peter,
    I am weeping with you.
    Many years ago I had two miscarriages and on each occasion I was admitted into hospital as an emergency.
    After I lost the first baby, the doctor said to me, ‘I’m afraid you have lost the…er…foetus.’ Inwardly I cried, ‘Baby…I have lost my baby.’ Then he turned to the nurse and said, ‘Put that in the sluice, will you.’
    I thought times had changed…
    I now have three fine children. They are adults now and two of them have children of their own and I have so much to be thankful for – but reading that news report today really cut me up.
    I feel it would be fair of me to add that, after I lost my second baby, a teenage girl was given the bed next to mine. She needed a cauterization following a botched abortion…the irony of it…but I felt so sorry for that girl… so young…so frightened.
    Thank you for writing this blog.
    Christine

    • JM

      I help at a Hospital Chaplaincy. Every month we have a service for all the “products of conception” (crude term, I know), and *they* get a proper funeral – because *they* do count as human beings, worthy of a dignified service that recognises a *person* has gone into the hands of God. Every month it is very moving and difficult, but it is more than worthwhile doing for all concerned. Yes, words fail me too.

      • C. Quinn-Jones

        JM, you are a Godsend to those bereaved parents and a comfort to them in their loss. I committed my ‘lost ones’ to God in private prayer.They were His creations . Needless to say, I love Psalm 139

  • http://gentlemind.blogspot.co.uk/ gentlemind

    As the dark gets darker, so the light shines brighter. As the horror of abortion plays itself out, so the truth of our common human dignity is seen to shine fiercer than ever.

  • http://u-church.blogspot.com/ David Shepherd

    Well, it begins with society’s prioritisation of amoral ‘efficiency’ and cavalier attitude towards the purpose of sex.

    In the name of freedom, it was scientifically ensured that we could virtually eliminate the fearful prospect of long-term child-rearing responsibility from pleasure of even temporary sexual encounters. We even called it a revolution.

    However, virtual elimination was not enough. By reducing the status of the unborn to mere potential human beings (the potential to exist being determined by the primacy to the mother’s freedom to abort the child, sorry foetus), society could prioritise and make parenthood a transferable commodity.

    Each change involved legislation by disproportionate emotive prioritisation:

    1. A young lady or career woman pregnant through a one night stand, or rape (Forget those women for whom even the wrong eye colour or gender warrants abortion)

    2. Failed contraception and the overwhelming prospect of yet another child relegates a married wife to further years of unintended parental drudgery. (Forget the fact that the unborn should not suffer death to remedy parental drudgery)

    3. Couples who want to share exclusive unrebuttable parental rights, even when the child who might be genetically related to one or neither of them (Forget the unsurrendered rights of the genetic parent; you know, the same genetic rights that prioritises a morther’s right to abort the foetus).

    Now the unborn are clinical waste re-purposed to reduce utility charges. One inhuman efficiency too far. Echoes of Auschwitz re-cycling. God’s ‘burn time’ for baby-burners ain’t too far away!

  • James Byron

    “… if you didn’t vote to reduce the abortion limit back in 2008 when you could, then you are a rank hypocrite of the first order.”

    Why? Abortion limits and improper disposal of fetal remains are separate issues.

    • http://www.peter-ould.net Peter Ould

      James,

      This is the one subject you can really **** me off on. I suggest you just move on. Really. Just. Move. On.

      • James Byron

        Fair enough, I’ll stay clear of this one.

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  • Anna055

    If you’re upset – try reading “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo. Lovely (true) story about a little boy visiting heaven where he meets his miscarried sister growing up there……yes I know that sounds weird but it really is a lovely book.

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