By Tim Stanley, Telegraph
Abortion stories read like dispatches from the frontline of a war. The Telegraph reports:
The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found. Ten NHS 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.
That’s right – institutions created to protect life are being fuelled by burning the remains of the dead. Some bureaucrat somewhere obviously regarded this as “efficient recycling”. It’s more akin to cannibalism.
We pride ourselves in the West on being more civilized that the rest. We have a free press, jury trials, human rights and relative peace. And our TV screens are filled with images of brutality in the developing world that reinforce our sense of superiority. I’ve just finish reading Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, Jason Stearn’s account of the Congo wars that depicts savagery committed wantonly and in the open. Its crimes are visceral – “something foreigners do”, not us.
But what we actually do in Europe and America is to tuck our social evils away into spaces that we can’t see. Elderly homes full of neglect, children’s homes where unspeakable things occur, and medical facilities in which patients are abandoned or abused with the catch-all excuse of underfunding or targets that override the priority of human compassion. The latest story, of light bulbs lit by human remains, is the purest example of the banality of evil, because it is the kind of evil that is motivated by the desire to keep things quiet and tidy. Consider this:
One of the country’s leading hospitals, Addenbrooke’s 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.’