Hospitals Incinerated Aborted Babies, Used Them For Fuel
A shocking new investigation by England’s Channel 4 has discovered that 27 United Kingdom National Health Trusts incinerated the bodies of more than 15,000 babies that had been aborted or miscarried and, in some instances, even used the remains as part of a waste-to-energy program to power the hospitals.
According to Channel 4, 27 NHS trusts incinerated the remains of at least 15,500 fetuses over the last four years. Ten hospitals have admitted to using the practice. The United Kingdom Department of Health banned the practice as soon as the findings were released, ahead of a Channel 4 special showcasing the investigation’s stunning findings. Health Minister Dr. Dan Poulter called the practice “totally unacceptable.”
Poulter added that “While the vast majority of hospitals are 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.”
Among the 27 trusts identified, two stand out as particularly ghastly. According to The Telegraph, a waste-to-energy facility that was being operated by an independent contractor at Ipswich Hospital incinerated the remains of 1,101 fetuses over just a two-year span to heat the hospital. Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, which the paper points out is one of the country’s leading hospitals, incinerated 797 babies in their own waste-to-energy plant.
Perhaps worse, Ipswich Hospital would cremate fetal remains in their own hospital while the private contractor would bring fetal remains for the waste-to-energy facility from another hospital.
A spokeswoman for Ipswich Hospital said that “The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust does not incinerate fetal remains.” and added that the trust “takes great care over fetal remains.”
A spokesperson for the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust denied that employees at Addenbrooke’s Hospital were misled, saying “The parents are given exactly the same choice on the disposal of foetal remains as for a stillborn child and their personal wishes are respected.”