What these hospitals did with miscarried & aborted babies will SHOCK you

ultrasoundI've never given much thought to what happens to the remains of miscarried or aborted babies. In my mind I guess I thought the remains are disposed of in an ethical and respectful way and that's the way it should be. But an investigation in the United Kingdom found that THOUSANDS of miscarried and aborted babies were incinerated along with medical waste and some of the remains were even used to heat hospitals with the use of "waste-to-energy" facilities. What?! This sounds like something out of a horror movie. You won't believe the numbers. You won't want to believe the numbers.

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According to The Telegraph, at least 15,500 fetal remains were burned by health authorities or used to heat hospitals in the United Kingdom in the last two years alone. Parents were under the impression that the remains had been "cremated." This is sick, sick stuff.

After this story broke in the media, the Department of Health in the U.K. immediately banned the practice on Sunday. I should hope so.

The story will be covered in detail tonight in an episode of Dispatches, a public affairs program in the U.K. Something that the host of the program, actress Amanda Holden who has suffered both a stillbirth and a miscarriage said, really puts the matter into perspective. "It's disgraceful to think babies were thrown into the burner alongside waste such as bandages and syringes," she said. "I hope mothers and fathers will be comforted by the knowledge this won't go on any more."

Now, a lot of people are saying that if you believe in a woman's right to choose, then this treatment of fetal remains should not bother you. I call nonsense on that argument! I absolutely believe in a woman's right to choose, but that does not mean I think fetal remains should be treated like garbage and burned for heat, for crying out loud.

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Topics: pregnancy  miscarriage  baby