Oct
26
2006

Baby? She must mean fetus.

London’s Daily Mail reports yesterday that Addenbrooke’s Hospital is now incinerating aborted babies in the same incinerator in which they burn trash and waste of all kinds.

I think that’s despicable, of course, but seems pretty insignificant compared to the abortion itself. So, the news of the new means of disposal doesn’t really shock me. What does are all the outraged, uh, customers. See sample below:

One local woman, who asked not to be named, said after the heartache of deciding to have an abortion she was mortified to find the hospital had used the same furnace they burn rubbish in to incinerate her terminated baby.

She said: “I am furious and very hurt. Imagine my horror when I discovered that my baby was incinerated in the same furnace as the hospital rubbish.”

“Baby?” Surely that was a misprint. It’s just a fetus, right?

Obviously, I’m practicing a low form of satire, but some of the commentators on the original news article weren’t when they made similar remarks: “What’s the problem? Essentially it is just clinical waste…” or, “These are not aborted babies they are abortions and as such are no different than amputated limbs or other body parts…” or, “It is just ‘clinical waste’ so why is everyone in uproar? What are these women supposed to do? Hold a little burial and invite family and friends to say goodbye to something that never was? Get real.”

Fortunately, the comments I’ve quoted so far are not representitive. The majority were along other lines (3 samples below):

“Just logical behaviour from an inhumane and morally bankrupt society, which views aborted babies as merely tissue matter and helps pregnant women to murder the unwanted children they’re carrying.”

“Did the women who had the abortions care about the child they destroyed? I doubt it even entered their head what happened to the foetus after the abortion so little point in them saying they’re upset or distressed now.”

“No one [is] ever bothered about pulling an unborn child apart whilst still alive so why should anyone worry about burning the evidence of the killing of yet another innocent victim? After all this is a barbaric society that will be judged on how it treated the most vulnerable and weakest among them, the unborn child. Around 180,000 such killings every year since 1967 all in the name of women’s rights!”

It encourages me to see that some women do still experience guilt after an abortion, even if it is somewhat latent and insufficient to prevent the abortion in the first place. The fact that they are upset about the method of disposal indicates that they instinctively recognize that it’s more than just “tissue” or “clinical waste.” I’m glad the American (or, in this case, the British) conscience isn’t so scarred that it doesn’t upset anyone when something like this happens.

Still, about the most I can say for their comments is that they are extremely ironic.

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