By Dave Andrusko
Responding quickly to a story that appeared in the B.C. Catholic newspaper, an Oregon county commission Wednesday ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity, “waste” that included the bodies of aborted babies. An emergency meeting was scheduled for this morning.
The story, written by Steve Weatherbe for the Vancouver-based B.C. Catholic, documented that Covanta Marion, based in Brooks, Oregon, had been receiving tons of “biomedical waste” from British Columbia. The facility is owned and operated by Covanta in a partnership with Marion County.
“We are outraged and disgusted that this material could be included in medical waste received at the facility,” Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson said. “We are taking immediate action and initiating discussions with Covanta Marion to make certain that this type of medical waste is not accepted in the future.”
Sam Brentano, chairman of the board of commissioners, seconded Carlson’s remarks and went further. “We thought our ordinance excluded this type of material at the waste-to-energy facility,” he said. “We will take immediate action to ensure a process is developed to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries.”
Brentano told KGW Channel 8, “Bottom line: I’m not going to facilitate abortion,” adding, “It’s the ultimate disrespect to innocence.”
The company’s website says it “processes 550 tons per day of municipal solid waste, generating up to 13 megawatts of energy sold to Portland General Electric,” according to the Associated Press.
“County spokeswoman Jolene Kelley said medical waste has been included in the program for some time, but the commissioners never had any indication that fetal tissue might be included,” the AP’s Steven Dubois reported. “We learned that today,” she said.
The news broke barely a month after it was learned that 15,000 aborted and miscarried babies were burned–like other “waste”—and in some cases used to heat hospitals in the United Kingdom. “Ten NHS [National Health Service] trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat,” Sarah Knapton, a Science Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, reported.
The credit for this grisly discovery goes to Channel 4’s Dispatches. Ten hospitals confessed to burning the corpses of these babies “along with other hospital rubbish,” while two admitted the remains were used to generate power to provide heat.
Channel 4’s Dispatches found that Addenbrooke Hospital in Cambridge, “incinerated 797 babies below 13 weeks gestation at their own ‘waste to energy’ plant. The mothers were told the remains had been ‘cremated,’ “ Knapton reported.
“Another ‘waste to energy’ facility at Ipswich Hospital, operated by a private contractor, incinerated 1,101 foetal remains between 2011 and 2013.”