Report: Aborted Babies Used to Heat UK Hospitals
British TV show reveals practice in two major hospitals
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2014 4:30 PM CDT
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(Newser) – British hospitals have incinerated more than 15,500 aborted and miscarried fetal remains over the years, at times to generate power for heat in "waste-to-energy" plants, the Telegraph reports. A UK television show revealed the practice tonight, but health officials beat them to the punch by banning the practice yesterday. In all, ten hospitals have admitted to incinerating fetal remains with other garbage, while two leading hospitals—Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge and Ipswich Hospital—said they burned about 1,900 of them at energy facilities.

Until now, British law has required hospital staff to offer women who have a miscarriage or abortion three options: incineration, cremation, or burial, the BBC reports. But forms given to women mention "cremated" and make no mention of "incineration" with the daily trash, reports the Daily Mail. At times, hospital staff actually told the real story: "I was hysterical. I was crying," said a 35-year-old woman who learned at a 13-week scan that her baby had died at 8 weeks. "I asked one of the nurses what would happen to my baby, and she just said, 'Well, it will be incinerated with the rest of the day's waste.'"

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hank10303
Mar 26, 2014 12:19 PM CDT
I wonder, were the women then charged for the disposal of the fetus.
baguio23
Mar 26, 2014 9:46 AM CDT
Most hospital waste is incinerated. Most of the time, it is a good idea.
Pcat
Mar 25, 2014 6:41 PM CDT
It's disgusting and reminds me of how they deposed the bodies in concentration camps in Nazi times. Treating the fetus as not human. I'm not really surprised about them doing this to aborted babies. I would be devastated like the woman who miscarried to be told her baby was put in with the daily trash to be burned. That is bad period. The whole thing is horrible and sickening and how people feel about children that have died in the womb or killed.