We Internet goers, we love shocking headlines. It’s no surprise then that a recent report that several major UK hospitals were incinerating aborted and miscarried fetuses, in cases to generate heat for the hospital, went viral within hours. I mean, who wouldn’t be outraged by such an action? I wouldn’t. As a mom of three who suffered a first trimester miscarried less than 6 months ago, and this is why.
Most of you are probably picturing thousands of full-term babies being sanctimoniously heaped with trash, but the original Telegraph article states these were all losses before the 13th week. To put that in perspective, at best these fetuses are about the length of two pennies sat side-by-side. Most of what is being burned is actually placenta, something that’s thrown in the trash or burned across the globe every single day and no one bats a pretty little eye lash.
Second, you have to realize what normally happens to aborted and miscarried fetuses before the 13th week. When it comes to home loses, a quick google will quickly reveal most women flushed it. Yep, because if you’ve ever actually had a miscarriage, there is a ton of blood, hours and hours of blood, and large chunks of uterine lining. It’s messy, and its gross, and it’s traumatizing, and you wanna know what’s even less easy to look at, the placenta, sac, and the itsy bitsy bean like seed of a human that’s inside-that’s if you can even tell which part is the sac and fetus to begin with.
I’d wager most the people who are outraged by this story are unaware that fetal remains are regarded as “bio-waste” in hospitals worldwide, including the ones here in the US. The laws in regards to just how fetal remains from before the 20th week are handled vary slightly by state, but for example, in Texas, fetal remains are burned and then either tossed in a landfill or deposited in the sewer. If you look up the state law in most of the US, in fact, the standard procedure is incineration followed by the landfill or sewer. Do you really believe that hospitals bury every fetus? Is there really a huge difference between incineration and cremation other than the psychological views attached to each word? Why is it so shocking then that these UK hospitals are incinerating fetal remains? What’s so horrible about using the energy generated by that process to heat a hospital to save lives?
Personally, I burned the baby I lost, but had I lost it in one of these hospitals that have been “busted” for using fetuses for heat, I would be fine with it. I’d prefer my loss benefit the world in some way. While I think medical research would be ideal, I’d settle for an energy source.