The British Columbia Health Ministry admitted that it had shipped the remains of babies aborted in that province to Oregon, with most of the bodies likely ending up in Marion County's Covanta Marion waste-to-energy incineration facility near Salem, Oregon, the only facility in the state that uses waste to create electrical power for Oregon residents.
LifeSiteNews.com reported that the facility, located in the community of Brooks, “burns waste in two massive boilers at a temperature of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat transfers into water tubes, which creates steam to drive turbines. The turbines generate electricity.”
The BC Health Ministry was forced to admit its involvement after a report in the BC Catholic, a Canadian Catholic newspaper, revealed that the British Columbia government had been sending shipments of waste tissue — including the bodies of aborted babies — to Oregon, and the story gained traction in the United States among pro-life groups.
The Associated Press reported that the Marion County Commission quickly met on the issue and put a stop to the shipments and the burning of medical waste until procedures are in place to sort out what will actually be allowed at the facility. While officials emphasized that no laws were broken in incinerating the bodies of aborted babies, there were “ethical” concerns — which county officials made a point of expressing publicly.
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