COMMENTARY | The story in the UK Telegraph that reports some hospitals under that country’s National Health Service are not only incinerating aborted fetuses an a “waste to energy” system but also still born babies does not pass the grossness test.
Hot Air suggests a conundrum for those people who support the right for an abortion.
“How do you process this story if you’re a pro-choicer? I can imagine three camps. One is the ‘so what?’ group. If ‘life’ doesn’t begin until viability (or birth, for the hardcore abortion warrior), then yeah, this is medical waste. You don’t cremate tumors, do you? Toss it in the incinerator. Next is the group that wants to distinguish between miscarried babies and the aborted. The parents of the former saw a life in the making even if pro-choicers didn’t; the remains should thus be treated with due decorum, as a consolation to the bereaved. The remains of the aborted needn’t be similarly respected. Finally, there’s the group that’s uncomfortable with treating fetal remains as waste (or fuel) under any circumstances.”
Of course this assumes that pro-choicers are universally in favor of abortion from conception to birth. Some make the distinction between the first trimester and later, when presumably the aborted baby would be large enough to be used as fuel is what appears to be a Nazi death camp style crematoria. Many abortions after the first three months are done for health reasons, not for birth control.
The story also provides a cautionary tale of what happens when the government has total control over the health care choices of its citizens. Clearly Britain’s NHS did not feel it had the obligation of asking British patients what it was doing with the babies that were being aborted. Certainly they didn’t ask permission. That is hardly a :”pro-choice” approach,.
We know from previous reporting that the British NHS does not respect its patient’s wishes at the end of life. Elderly patients have often denied care to hurry their demise under the infamous Liverpool Care Pathway, a death panel in essence. Now it looks like the attitude is present at the beginning of life as well.
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