1 Apr, 14 | by Iain Brassington
… there’s this, from last week’s Independent:
Thousands of unborn foetuses incinerated to heat UK hospitals
The bodies of more than 15,000 unborn foetuses have been incinerated in the UK, an investigation has found, with some treated as “clinical waste” and others burned to heat hospitals.
The practice was carried out by 27 NHS trusts, with at least 15,500 bodies burned over the last two years alone.
Ten of those trusts admitted to burning more than 1,000 sets of remains along with other hospital rubbish, while two said they were incinerated in “waste-to-energy” furnaces that generate energy used to power and heat hospitals.
Gasp! One kind of human tissue is disposed of in the same way as other kinds of human tissue!
From the tone of the reporting, one would only be mildly surprised to find people employed to encourage abortions in order that hospitals can save money on fuel.
Except that that’s nonsense. If clinical waste is incinerated in waste-to-heat plants, it doesn’t follow that it’s being incinerated to provide heating; rather, it’s that the heat from the incinerator is captured and put to use, rather than being wasted. For sure, the physics is the same; but the emphasis makes a heck of a difference. (And, as PZ points out, for abortus* to be an effective fuel would require them to be “the most energy-dense substance in the world”.) So what we actually have is a situation in which an abortus is incinerated.
And the problem with that is…?
Well, I’m sure there must be one, because health minister Dan Poulter is reported as describing the practice as “totally unacceptable”, and Poulter is an honourable man.
Actually, there is a few things that might strike us as questionable – though as we’ll see, the fact that something prompts a question doesn’t really tell us much, since some questions can be answered easily. more…