US lawmakers protest against incinerating foetuses with medical waste


Is the practice of incinerating aborted foetuses as part of waste-to-energy programs a common practice in the United States? Marion County, Oregon, halted shipments from a leading medical waste company, Stericycle, after claims that aborted babies from Canada had been imported with other waste products and used to power electricity plants. How many other facilities do the same? 

"We thought our ordinance excluded this type of material at the waste-to-energy facility," said a city spokesman. "We will take immediate action to ensure a process is developed to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries."

Stericycle has been under fire for years over the way it disposes of human fetuses from abortion clinics. In 2011 it was fined more than $42,000 for illegally dumping aborted babies together with household and commercial garbage into a municipal landfill in Austin, Texas. Pro-life groups claim that it disposed of the foetuses aborted at the notorious abortion mill in Philadelphia run by Kermit Gosnell.

After reading about the Oregon scandal, a New York lawmaker introduced a bill to make it illegal to burn "human biological matter, remains, or fetuses [for] the purpose of producing energy."

"I think people have a right to have a say in [the disposal of] their remains and the remains of their aborted children, and they have a right to know what happens with them and a right to not be made into some corporate energy profit," Assemblyman Joseph Borelli told the New York Daily News. "I believe many New Yorkers have an objection to energy production that uses human biological matter. This is something you’d find in Brave New World or Soylent Green, not in modern energy production.”




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