Power Plant Ordered to Stop Burning Fetal Tissue
Medical waste issue horrifies Oregon commissioners
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2014 2:25 AM CDT
The Oregon plant burns around 550 tons of waste per day.   (Covanta Marion)

(Newser) – Two horrified anti-abortion county commissioners in Oregon have ordered a waste-to-energy plant to stop burning any medical waste until it can be sure that no fetal tissue is being incinerated. The Marion County plant burns large amounts of biomedical waste from British Columbia, and the commissioners say they were disgusted to learn from a report in a Catholic newspaper that some of the 14,000 fetuses aborted in the Canadian province every year are "incinerated to provide electricity to the people of Marion County," the National Post reports.

The commissioners say there has to be "a process to figure out how we can accept legitimate medical waste," including amputated limbs and cancerous tissue, but accepting fetal tissue is out of the question, reports the Oregonian. "It's inappropriate to put them in the trash," one commissioner says. A spokeswoman for the incinerator firm says that while the medical waste may have contained fetal tissue including umbilical cords or placentas, it did not contain whole fetuses. She says the company is cooperating with the order to stop accepting medical waste while new procedures are put in place, the AP reports. Last month, the UK banned the incineration of fetal remains after learning that thousands of fetuses had been burned for power.

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Apr 26, 2014 2:07 AM CDT
Anyone who voted this "Hilarious" do us all a favor. Take one for the team and off yourself. The human race can do better without you.
Apr 25, 2014 10:42 AM CDT
I like sausage but I don't want to think about how it is made. Let the hospitals determine the best way to handle biomedical wastes and try not to be squeamish about it, eh?
Apr 25, 2014 9:35 AM CDT
the new hot foot!!!!!!!