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Feminism’s Third Rail

There’s got to be a joke in that title somewhere, but until one suggests itself, we’ll stick with tragedy:

Narinder is one of four sons and only one of his brothers has managed to get married. In his district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, there are only 858 girls born for every 1,000 boys, a ratio that doesn’t occur naturally without medical intervention. The northwestern state of Uttar Pradesh is home to one of the largest skewed sex ratios in India.

“Only the rich and men with government jobs manage to get a bride these days,” he says. “Anyone who earns less cannot find a bride here anymore.”

To be fair, the job doesn’t have a lot to recommend it:

A new bride would help his parents, he says. “They would have had an easier life. They would have had someone to cook and to take care of them.”

She should clean. She should run the household. She should bear children. And Narinder plans to share her with his two unmarried brothers, who live in the same house.

Where do I sign?

On the one hand, they’re snuffing around 15% of unborn girls; on the other, the girls who are permitted to be born grow up to marry rich men, rather than shmoes like Narinder, and his brothers, and his parents, and his children. That’s a decent trade.

Isn’t it?

Decades of sex-selective abortion have created an acute lack of women in certain parts of India. Traffickers capitalize on the shortage by recruiting or kidnapping women ensnared in poverty to sell as brides. It’s a cycle influenced by poverty and medical technologies, but one that ultimately is perpetuated by India’s attitude towards women.

The National Crime Records Bureau estimated in 2012 that about 10 women are kidnapped in Assam every day. Some of these women are found again. Some go missing forever.

Eastern Indian states like Assam, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha turn into source areas for bride trafficking, because they have much more balanced sex ratios. Meanwhile, India’s northwestern states are more conservative and also more affluent, meaning they’re able to afford ultrasound scans and selective abortions.

So, abortion in India effects girl babies overwhelmingly, and leads to such an imbalance between the sexes that teenage girls are routinely kidnapped from their homes and sold as child brides.

Hello? Betty Friedan? Gloria Steinem?

I went to NOW’s website and looked up India. I confess I expected nothing, but I was wrong.

There was one entry on this topic:

Jim Yardley reports for The New York Times: “India’s increasing wealth and improving literacy are apparently contributing to a national crisis of ‘missing girls,’ with the number of sex-selective abortions up sharply among more affluent, educated families during the past two decades, according to a new study.”

Read the original source

That was more than three years ago, and that was it. No comment, no discussion, no nothing. In the meantime, 11,980 girls have been abducted in Assam alone (if the rate is accurate and consistent). I don’t think I can count how many girls were terminated before birth.

To repeat for the thousandth time, I don’t oppose abortion. Though less and less can I morally justify even my limited pro-choice position. Abortion leads to massive abuse against women in India (China’s little better, if not worse) and genocide among African Americans. In a sane world (a fanciful construct if there ever was one), feminists would oppose abortion with every fibroid of their being. Organizations like NOW and Planned Parenthood would be exposed as the brainwashers that they really are.

“Women’s reproductive health”? That’s a locution worthy of Stalin, Mao, or Goebbels. I guess that’s the joke.

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Fetus…Baby…Whatever You Call It…

Don’t call it “difficult”:

Planned Parenthood calls abortion “a difficult decision” in many of its consent forms and fact sheets. When NARAL launched a film on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 2013, the president of the pro-choice organization called abortion “a difficult decision” women and couples face.

Lawmakers use the adjective, too. “It was a difficult, difficult decision, but it was the right one,” Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores said last month in defending her choice to have an abortion at age 16. In 2005, then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton described the decision to have an abortion as “one of the most fundamental, difficult and soul-searching decisions a woman and a family can make” and “often the most difficult [decision] that a woman will ever make.”

However, when the pro-choice community frames abortion as a difficult decision, it implies that women need help deciding, which opens the door to paternalistic and demeaning “informed consent” laws. It also stigmatizes abortion and the women who need it.

Often, abortion isn’t a difficult decision. In my case, it sure wasn’t.

Good for her. I’m glad it was a piece of cake. Easy-peasy. A snap. (Or was that the baby’s spine?)

Who needs the agro?

Today, when advocates on both sides of the debate talk about the decision to have an abortion, they preface their statements with adjectives such as “difficult,” “hard” or “reluctant.” For anti-abortion conservatives, the reason for using such language is clear: Abortion is murder, they contend, but characterizing a woman who has one as a murderer is a bit, well, harsh. A more charitable view is to assume that she must have struggled with making this immoral choice. Pro-choice advocates use the “difficult decision” formulation for a similar reason, so as not to demonize women. It also permits pro-choice candidates to look less dogmatic.

But there’s a more pernicious result when pro-choice advocates use such language: It is a tacit acknowledgment that terminating a pregnancy is a moral issue requiring an ethical debate. To say that deciding to have an abortion is a “hard choice” implies a debate about whether the fetus should live, thereby endowing it with a status of being. It puts the focus on the fetus rather than the woman.

And we can’t have that! The “status of a being”? Piffle!

If the fetus is not a being (as if!), she doesn’t tell us what it is instead. I’d kind of like to know.

Not only is abortion not a difficult choice, it’s not even a choice:

Abortion rights groups are struggling to expand their message from “pro-choice” — which they say no longer resonates with voters as it once did — to more broadly encompass women’s health and economic concerns. The movement needs such recalibration precisely because it was drawn into a moral debate about the fetus’s hypothetical future rather than the woman’s immediate and tangible future. Once these groups locked themselves into a discussion of “choice,” terminating a pregnancy became an option rather than a necessity. Pro-choice groups would be a lot stronger, more effective and more in sync with the women they represent if they backed away from the defensive “difficult decision” posture.

Option, shmoption—get busy abortin’ or get busy buyin’…diapers.

There’s not all that much room between me and the pro-choice crowd. I want abortion to be safe, legal, and rare, just as they do. The only difference is I mean it. The “pro-neccessity” crowd does not.

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War on Women Update

With all the bloodshed and carnage Muslims are inflicting (mostly) on each other across the world, it’s easy to forget the savagery (mostly) women are putting themselves through. But we have WBTL ace reporter on the scene.

Whaddya got, Scoop?

The Ohio Department of Health has taken action against two Northeast Ohio abortion clinics for staffing problems and other infractions.

The Northeast Ohio Women’s Center in Cuyahoga Falls was denied a license to perform surgical abortions by interim health department director Lance Himes, the agency said Friday. Himes also imposed a $25,000 fine on Planned Parenthood of Bedford Heights.

What sort of health violations, Scoop?

At each of the facilities, health inspectors found expired medical supplies and discovered neither had a director of nursing, as required by the state, according to health department notification letters sent to the clinics on Wednesday.

At the Planned Parenthood clinic, inspectors also reported finding improperly refrigerated tissue specimens, containers of urine in a cupboard and bathroom, and incomplete documentation about patients sent to the hospital.

Scoop, I understand that this is not their first brush with the law:

A northeastern Ohio abortion provider has closed after failing a state health and safety inspection.

The Ohio Department of Health ordered abortion provider Capital Care Network of Cuyahoga Falls to stop operations in an April 16 letter and says it soon will revoke the clinic’s license.

The health department says inspectors found numerous violations during a Feb. 21 inspection, including undertrained staff, failure to maintain a safe and sanitary environment and failure to maintain patient documentation.

The health department gave the clinic a chance to request a hearing about a proposal to revoke its license, but says the clinic did not reply.

Why should they reply, Scoop, when they can just fold up their tents under cover of darkness and reopen somewhere else with their unfrozen tissue samples and plastic cups of stale urine? Scoop…Scoop? I guess we’ve lost contact.

Let’s get comment from the other side of the issue:

“We’re deeply concerned, though admittedly unsurprised, that multiple abortion facilities are jeopardizing the lives and health of women,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. “The real war on women is being waged everyday in these unsafe and unsanitary abortion mills. These reports shock the conscience and reaffirm our resolve to protect life from Ohio’s abortion industry.”

“The abortion industry”: how apt a word.

I’m a big believer in women’s reproduction and in women’s health. But the minute you start talking about women’s reproductive health, you lose me. Just imagine if women were treated this shabbily in any other setting, the Obama administration, say. You’d never hear the end of it. (Oh wait…they are, and you barely hear a peep.)

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Beverly Shill-Billy

I would have thought that for a person with national political ambitions, languishing in a state senate would feel like exile. But a young political organizer named Barry Sotero, whose “presence” in Springfield, IL for an eternity of eight years must have felt like Elba, showed those with inflated opinions of themselves that state government offered more opportunity than first met the eye.

All you need, beside the outsized ego, is… well, that’s about all you need:

Sandra Fluke has moved on to the general election in the race to represent California’s 26th District in the state Senate, the Associated Press reports.

Fluke finished second in the open primary, following rival Ben Allen. Both will compete in November for the seat being vacated by state Sen. Ted Lieu (D), who’s running for Congress this year.

Fluke came to national prominence in 2012 after testifying before Congress in favor of mandatory contraception coverage. She became the target of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who called the then-Georgetown Law student a “slut.”

The attorney and activist, who spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention following Limbaugh’s attacks, briefly weighed running for outgoing Rep. Henry Waxman’s (D-Calif.) House seat before deciding to run for the state Senate instead.

That’s the Georgetown Law (and Cornell undergrad) mind on display. Her sister in Socialism, Cindy Sheehan (an ugly step-sister, if I may rudely and honestly observe), shot too high, the California Governorship, but got no closer to that office than her lean-to in Crawford, TX. Sandra knew it wasn’t the office, but the ambition, that defined the office holder—especially when that office represents Beverly Hills and Hollywood.

Forget streetlights, pot holes, and pot dispensaries, Sandra Fluke—Senator Fluke to you, Rush—has higher (or lower) aims:

Protect women’s health care rights!

Any day now, the Supreme Court will announce its decision in the Hobby Lobby case. The case could have far-reaching implications for whether private companies can refuse to offer their employees’ health insurance with contraception coverage.

Plain and simple — A woman’s boss should not have a say in her health care decisions. No one’s boss should. The stakes are too high for us to be silent.

Please join Sandra Fluke and the DCCC and sign this petition declaring that a woman’s boss should not have a say in her health care decisions.

A woman’s boss should not have a say in her health care decisions.

Agreed. But we’re not talking about setting broken bones or treating breast cancer. That’s health care, and irrelevant to an employer. Abortion and contraception (two radically different things, in my view) might also be health care, but hardly irrelevant to an employer being asked to pay for them. Especially an employer with religious objections. Does a woman have a say in her boss’s morality?

The law has to find common sense middle ground between absurd extremes. Could a Christian Science employer withhold insurance that used medicine? Could an employee require his or her employer to add or subtract certain body parts? To mutilate or decorate those remaining?

It’s dishonest of Sandra to disguise abortion as “women’s health care rights”—hence her bright future in politics. I won’t predict what the Supreme Court will say, beyond guessing that it will be a split decision, with strong sentiments on both sides. One side will “win”, without exactly being “right”.

And Sandra Fluke will have gone from “slut” to Senator (albeit State Senator, in Sacramento) in this great nation of ours. Though the difference is less than you might imagine.

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Dispatches From the Frontlines of the War on Women

Well, girls, actually:

A shocking new video Live Action released today catches the Planned Parenthood abortion business teaching teenagers about S&M-based sexual relationships and concepts such as gagging, whipping and asphyxiation.

In a series of undercover audits, Live Action investigators documented Planned Parenthood counselors and nurses advising our investigators, who the Planned Parenthood staffers thought were minors, on how to practice torture sex.

In the videos, Planned Parenthood counselors encourage undercover investigators posting as 15 and 16-year-old teens, to engage in the sadomasochistic practices, telling the underage teens “if it’s consensual, it’s OK… it’s totally OK.”

The official Planned Parenthood website lists BD (bondage and discipline) and SM (sadomasochism) under its Sex & Sexuality – “Understanding Sexual Activity — at a Glance” page without any warnings or safety objections: “Here are some examples of less common sexual behaviors: SM (sadomasochism) — the use of domination and/or pain for sexual arousal. BD (bondage and discipline) — sexual role play that includes elements of SM.”

I tend to draw the line at the interrogation practices of Uday and Qusay Hussein. But don’t let me stop you. Susie.

“What we’re about to release shows a systemic, institutional problem in America’s largest abortion corporation,” Lila Rose, Live Action’s president, stated. “It’s not a matter of ‘don’t judge,’ but rather explicit endorsement of violent and harmful sexual practices to boys and girls as young as fifteen years old.”

The group complains: “Planned Parenthood consistently fights any law requiring parental consent or involvement for minors seeking sexual and reproductive health care, including abortions. PP’s website encourages teens to circumvent their parents and the law.”

“Taxpayers, and especially parents, need to know where their money is going,” Rose said. “This funding is not optional – it’s a compulsory, government-enforced extraction going toward extremely questionable programs and dangerous advice for our nation’s teens.”

Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million a year from taxpayers, in the name of so-called sex education and health. Furthermore, under ObamaCare, Planned Parenthood has announced that it will receive undisclosed funds through the $75-million-a-year PREP (Personal Responsibility and Education Program), with 15 affiliates already having received grants.

This is how they talk to 15-year-olds, remember. A little whipping, a touch of asphyxiation—don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. Missy.

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The Abortion Industry’s Annual Report

My standard boilerplate introduction: I reluctantly allow for abortion (I could hardly say I support it). The only way I see to respect the conflicting rights to life and womens’ autonomy is to keep abortion (borrowing from the feminists) safe, legal, and rare.

But I won’t accept BS on the topic (unless you consider the above to be BS).

Planned Parenthood is in the business of abortion, and like good capitalists, they want business to be booming:

[F]rom a Catholic or orthodox Christian worldview, Planned Parenthood is a clear blight on society. But I hope this resource will help demonstrate that Planned Parenthood is a blight, even from a secular perspective.

First, the obvious: Planned Parenthood says it performed 333,964 abortions in 2011, and just over 327,000 in 2012. Each one of these abortion grievously harmed a pregnant woman, and, according to my calculations, in 2014 Planned Parenthood will kill more than 153,000 unborn girls.

For a frame of reference, Planned Parenthood will kill six percent of the girls that American mothers will carry in 2014. And this is just the number owned up to by Planned Parenthood, since it counts some abortifacients as contraceptives.

[T]o bring someone around to opposing Planned Parenthood and preventing it from receiving hundreds of millions of your tax dollars, we can get into the legal and ethical violations brought to light by Live Action.

First, a number of clinic employees were recorded breaking laws on statutory rape, and helping people pretending to be a pimp and a prostitute break similar laws about sex trafficking. All of the alleged victims were female.

On at least four recorded occasions, Planned Parenthood employees took money from donors who wanted black babies targeted for extermination. And still other employees were caught on video telling undercover women how to most effectively find out the sex of their baby in order to kill it if the baby was female.

Lastly, employees at multiple clinics were recorded lying about whether women had been harmed at the clinics. All of the clinic employees said nobody had been harmed, despite recent medical emergencies at many of the locations.

So much for “women’s reproductive health”!

GM covers up the extent of its recall problem and it’s front-page news for days. Presidential candidate Barack Obama boasts he’ll ruin the coal industry by himself. But the abortion industry’s chief practitioner, Planned Parenthood, can plot to kill black and female babies—potentially harming the very women it claims to care about—and it’s practically a national secret.

If you don’t give me safe and rare, why should I give you legal?

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Murder is Their Business, and Business Sure is Swell

At least one industry in Detroit is alive: the death industry.

Nearly one-third of all pregnancies in the city of Detroit end in abortion, a statistic public health officials blame on rising poverty and dwindling access to affordable contraception.

Can we stop here for a second? Affordable contraception? How much does a condom cost? Nothing, if you get it from Planned Parenthood. (They tell us they offer more services than just abortion—here’s their chance to prove it.)

Anyway, back to the jolly news:

While the abortion rate has been climbing in Detroit, it’s been declining in Michigan and across the U.S. “We’re seeing a picture that looks more like some Third-World country than someplace in the United States,” said Dr. Susan Schooley, chairwoman of the Department of Family Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital.

Funding for family planning and contraceptives has decreased significantly in Michigan in recent years, from more than $5 million in 2006 to $692,300 in 2013, according to the state Department of Community Health. The number of clients receiving free family-planning assistance decreased by about 80,000 between 2006 and 2013.

“Both routine primary care and family planning-specific primary care are not available in Detroit,” Schooley said. “To the extent that a significant proportion of those (pregnancies) are unplanned, it leads to all these decision-making options of which abortion is one lousy choice.”

On that we agree. I do have to wonder, however, how these clients are so engaged with medicine to get their abortions, yet so disengaged when it comes to “family planning”. I guess a city so wasted as Detroit really has been “re-primitivized”—darkened streets, vast tracts of abandoned buildings, a population plummet of almost two-thirds. (Say, you don’t suppose that could be related, do you?) Concepts such as consequence and responsibility seem irrelevant to life on Detroit’s streets.

I just wish the victims of this genocide weren’t disparately born by unborn black children. (Detroit is over 80% black.)

It’s another public health challenge for Detroit, which is the most dangerous city in America to be a child, according to a Detroit News study. Published in January, the study found that the death rate for children 18 and younger is higher in Detroit than in any U.S. city its size or larger. The highest number of deaths occur in the first year, most related to premature birth. Homicide is the second greatest cause of child deaths in the city.

Just peachy. Those children who survive until birth will be lucky to live to adulthood. It really is “third world”.

But have you noticed something missing from this story?

Loretta Davis, president and CEO of Detroit’s Institute for Population Health, which administers health services for the city of Detroit including family planning programs, said the increasing abortion rate represents a “public health failure.”

“Somehow, we need to be able to get to these women and girls and reach them in such a way that they are able to make a healthy decision around their sexuality and choose a method of birth control that will work for them,” Davis said.

Have I forgotten my biology, or do women and girls need men and boys to have an abortion (who has babies anymore)? Why are they excluded from this discussion? The article mentions all sorts of medical interventions on women (pills, implants, multiple abortions), yet ignores the cheapest (and safest, I’ll wager) contraception of all (save abstinence), the condom. I won’t dictate personal preference, but if the slogan “keep your laws off our bodies” is to have any meaning, someone has to take responsibility for your bodies. I’d rather it not fall so disproportionately on the black unborn.

PS: Call me what you will, but if you polled the black unborn, I think they’d agree with me.

PPS: I have written essentially the same piece several times before, about the abortion rate among black women in New York City. So, it’s not unique to Detroit. The “third world” extends to a stone’s throw from Park Avenue and the West Village, too.

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Talk About “Bring Back Our Girls”!

These pro-abortion types sure are amateurish:

If what the media publishes daily is any indicator, Americans seem fascinated with killers. We’re confronted with headlines about the likes of Oscar Pistorius, Amanda Knox and Jodi Arias. When the news is slow, Americans can change the channel to procedurals, such as “Law and Order: SVU” and “Criminal Minds.” When the procedurals lag, producers and directors come up with serial-killer-glorifying programs like “Dexter,” which just finished its eighth season last year, or the 2007 mystery thriller, “Zodiac.”

It’s strange to see Hollywood refuse to touch the story of the worst serial killer in America’s history — and to see even an independent filmmaker rebuffed in his efforts to pick up the slack.

Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted in 2013 for the murder of three newborn babies, whose spines he severed with scissors after delivery, and the deaths by gross negligence of two mothers. He was also convicted for killing 21 babies in utero — not for murder in these cases, but rather for violating Pennsylvania’s legal-abortion limit.

I see Laurence Fishburne as the evil doctor, with a variety of Hollywood b-list women as the mothers-to-be-not. What starlet would turn down a death scene? What an easy pitch: women come to see ob-gyn for “counseling”, and walk out (if they walk out) with a baggie of baby remains. They can call it “Look Who’s Stalking”.

Or not:

Early this year, “FrackNation” producer Phelim McAleer turned to the website Kickstarter to crowd-fund the Gosnell movie you’ll never see out of Los Angeles. However, Mr. McAleer found out that it’s not just Hollywood avoiding this story: Kickstarter refused to green-light his project unless he censored his description of Gosnell’s crimes.

Why does a story like this — an “if it bleeds, it leads” tale, if ever there was one — cause such unique aversion, to the point where mainstream media ignore it and private companies twist themselves in rhetorical knots to keep it under wraps? Why does even the average American who enjoys “Law and Order” look away?

First, there is the extreme horror of Gosnell’s acts. It is one thing when victims can run or scream for help, as in the Ariel Castro story. Gosnell’s victims, though, had absolutely no chance; they were barely developed enough to scream. These infants were completely at the mercy of their killer, with no escape from the surgical scissors on their necks.

There are also the implications for the “pro-choice” movement. Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the rest try to distance themselves from Gosnell. Yet Planned Parenthood is far more sympathetic to “after-birth” abortion than its press releases would have us believe. Those 21 babies killed — and denied justice through Gosnell’s conviction on a mere technicality — speak to the reality of what abortion is.

This is hard for people to deal with, and it’s understandable.

When people hear that Philadelphia’s “House of Horrors” is the result of a “choice” they’ve been taught for decades to revere, they get sick. Most Americans would rather not think about abortion, and if they do, they want something clean — not an industry that glorifies, protects and covers for Gosnells still operating across the country.

Maybe “It’s Always Runny in Philadelphia”? Title needs work, but the project should definitely be greenlighted.

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Baby Boob Job Will Live!

We’re delighted to hear that the Big Brother baby will be a little brother (or sister):

Josie Cunningham, the notorious NHS boob job mum, has decided not to abort her unborn baby in her quest for fame.

The 23-year-old caused outrage last week when she claimed she would undergo the procedure in order to appear on Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother.

“But I have four endorsement deals in the pipeline including one for a dating site and there are other TV opportunities coming in too.

“I’ll still do whatever it takes to achieve my goal and being a mum isn’t going to get in my way.

Cunningham made the decision to keep her baby after she felt it kick for the first time.

The former escort is unsure who the father of the baby is but claimed one candidate – an unnamed Premier League footballer – had offered to pay for the abortion privately.

What possible “goals” could she have after being an “escort” and receiving free knockers courtesy of the UK taxpayers? The girl thinks big (in more ways than one). We’re certain that the 23-year-old mother (going on 43 from the looks of her) will make a lovely…mother.

At least she chose real “reproductive health”, and not the euphemism peddled by the pro-abortion crowd.

PS: If the baby has such a big kick that it changed her mind, my money is on the “unnamed Premier League footballer.”

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We Get Results

Yesterday, we learned and reported that the state of Oregon was burning dead Canadian babies (technically, “fetal tissue”) that Canadians could not be bothered to burn.

That ends today:

An Oregon county commission has ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity after learning the waste it’s been burning may include tissue from aborted fetuses from British Columbia.

Sam Brentano, chairman of the Marion County board of commissioners, said late Wednesday the board is taking immediate action to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries at the plant that has been turning waste into energy since 1987.

They are shocked—shocked!—to learn that they may have been burning discarded human tissue for more than a quarter century. What did they think, that the baby rattle and Tickle-Me Elmo doll in the fuel were made of quarter-sawn oak?

Kristy Anderson, a British Columbia Health Ministry spokeswoman, told The Associated Press that regional health authorities there have a contract with a company that sends biomedical waste, such as fetal tissue, cancerous tissue and amputated limbs, to Oregon, where it’s incinerated in the waste-energy plant.

Did they not read the contract? Of course they did. They just saw nothing wrong with the practice (though, reportedly, those living around the plant were queasy about what came out of the smokestacks).

In the future, Oregon, do with the “biomedical waste” what other cultures do with it: make sausage.

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Burn, Baby, Burn Indeed!

Remember the story we had a few weeks ago about British hospitals burning aborted babies to heat their buildings? A lot of people were justifiably upset.

I hate to bring it up, but:

The British Columbia Health Ministry has admitted that the remains of babies destroyed by abortion in B.C. facilities are ending up in a waste-to-power facility in the United States, providing electricity for residents of Oregon.

The province’s Health Ministry said in an email to the B.C. Catholic that “biomedical waste” shipped to the U.S. to be incinerated includes “human tissue, such as surgically removed cancerous tissue, amputated limbs, and fetal tissue.”

“The ministry understands that some is transferred to Oregon. There it is incinerated in a waste-to-energy plant,” the email stated.

The ministry said that contractors handling the province’s “biomedical waste” follow “health and safety protocols, as well as federal, provincial, and local regulations.”

We burn dead babies only in strict adherence to the laws and regulations. Good to know.

A 2007 article about the Marion waste-to-energy facility that appeared in the Willamette Live — ironically titled “Burn, Baby, Burn” — stated that at the time the incinerator burned about 800 tons (1,764,000 pounds) of medical waste per year.

Locals at the time protested the “importation and burning of medical waste,” expressing concern about breathing “toxic emissions.”

What kind of monsters are we?

PS: Aggie sent me the link. She was busy with something else, but wanted us to get this up.

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His Name Was Cole, Not Coal

You can practically hear the mind of the eco-leftie whirring and clanking: what is the net carbon (baby) footprint?

In what seems like a scene from a bad horror movie, a new report from the United Kingdom shows that over 15,000 aborted or miscarried babies were incinerated alongside garbage, and two hospitals even used fetal remains in the incinerator used to heat the hospital.

The National Health Service, the single-payer healthcare provider in the United Kingdom, immediately put a ban to the practice of burning fetuses to heat a hospital.

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.’

Another ‘waste to energy’ facility at Ipswich Hospital, operated by a private contractor, incinerated 1,101 foetal remains between 2011 and 2013.

They were brought in from another hospital before being burned, generating energy for the hospital site. Ipswich Hospital itself disposes of remains by cremation.

Parents of miscarried babies were not given options as to what would happen to the remains of their child.

Technically, “cremation” is not a lie.

Does anyone disagree with me that this is the sort of thing that is likely to happen when we outsource our morality to our government? I sure hope the state-run hospitals didn’t say something like: “If you like your dead baby, you can keep your dead baby.”

Even my minimally-developed sense of decency forbids me from writing anything further.

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