Tarry for the Nonce

October 26, 2006

“But We Use a White Sheet!”

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 3:05 pm

A London woman who procured an abortion is shocked . . . shocked . . . to hear how her baby was treated after the procedure.

Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, said it was no longer able to afford the dignified disposal at a local crematorium of foetuses from unwanted pregnancies.

Instead, they are being burnt in the hospital’s main incinerator – which is normally used for rubbish and clinical waste . . .

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.”

The level of her hypocrisy is beyond my ken. Why on earth should she care about the disposal of her unwanted child? And if she does indeed consider the disposal of “her baby” to be so outrageous, how could she possibly justify dismembering it and sucking it out like a tumor? Without being too Godwin about it, her attitude is akin to a Nazi insisting that exterminated Jews be properly dressed after being dragged out of the gas chambers. It’s sick.

The hospital has a different policy for miscarriages, of course. Those fetuses are most certainly disposed of with dignity. And the hospital is quick to point out that the incinerator is scheduled especially for these cheap cremations, overseen by two specialists in bereavement care. But why should the hospital care? Do they take such pains with the other “clinical waste” they generate? Must bereavement specialists be present for the disposal of excised cancers?

Could it be that on some level both the woman and the hospital acknowledge that an abortion is the destruction of a human life and that to avoid negative press, they must treat it as such?

(Hat tip to Janice.)


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