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Aborted babies burned for fuel in U.K. hospital

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In a gruesome report that would rival the worst Hollywood B-grade horror movie, The Telegraph reports that "remains of more than 15,000 babies were incinerated as 'clinical waste' by hospitals in Britain with some used in 'waste to energy' plants."

According to Mediaite, "The parents of those lost or aborted children were not consulted about what was going to happen to those remains. In at least one hospital, mothers of 797 babies lost before 13 weeks of gestation were told the remains had been 'cremated.'"

Michaela Aston, spokespwrson for the pro-life charity Life, said, "The fact they are now disposing of human remains like they would any other waste product shows what society and this hosptial has come to. It is just so disgusting. What happened to the dignity of the human being? It reflects increasingly certain people in society's attitudes to the unborn child just flushing them away, or burning them like any other waste." []

When the story hit the media, the U.K. Department of Health banned the practice. British health minister Dr. Dan Poulter said "The practice is totally unacceptable. While the vast majority of hospitals area acting in the appropriate way, that must be the case for all hospitals and the Human Tissue Authority has now been asked to ensure that it acts on this issue without delay."



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