According to The Telegraph newspaper (U.K.), the remains of at least 15,500 aborted and miscarried infants were incinerated “as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found.” Ten hospitals connected with the British government's National Health Service (NHS) “admitted burning fetal remains alongside other rubbish, while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat,” reported the Telegraph.
Following the revelation, uncovered by a Channel 4 Dispatches news investigation that ran March 24, Britain's Department of Health quickly banned the practice, with U.K. Health Minister Dr. Dan Poulter announcing that it was “totally unacceptable.” The Channel 4 Dispatches report found evidence that 27 NHS medical facilities were guilty of disposing of the remains of deceased infants through incineration.
Among the facilities highlighted in the report was Addenbrooke Hospital in Cambridge, which was reportedly responsible for the incineration of 797 babies in the facility's “waste to energy” plant, which WORLD magazine reported is “part of the hospital’s 'Think Green' program to reduce waste and cut carbon emissions. According to the hospital’s website, the ash from the incinerator was scheduled to be used as a concrete additive beginning in July 2013.”
The Telegraph noted that the hospital told the mothers of the deceased babies that their children had been “cremated.”
Another facility targeted in the investigation, Ipswich Hospital in Suffolk County, reportedly incinerated 1,101 deceased infants in its own “green” energy plant. The bodies “were brought in from another hospital before being burned, generating energy for the hospital site,” reported The Telegraph. A spokeswoman insisted that no deceased children from its own facility were incinerated to heat the hospital.
Poulter told the Telegraph that “while the vast majority of hospitals are acting in the appropriate way, that must be the case for all hospitals.” He insisted that a U.K. program called the “Human Tissue Authority” had been informed and “asked to ensure that it acts on this issue without delay.”
(This article was originally published at TheNewAmerican.com on March 25, 2014, and is reposted here with permission.)