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Canadian Official: Aborted Fetuses Sent to Oregon, Incinerated for Energy

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 09:43 PM

By Joe Schaeffer

Aborted human fetuses are being shipped from British Columbia to the United States, where they are incinerated to provide electricity for Oregon residents.

The British Columbia Health Ministry has admitted the fetuses are ending up in a waste-to-power facility that provides power to Oregonians, LifeSiteNews reports.

The Health Ministry disclosed in an email to the B.C. Catholic, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, that "biomedical waste" sent to the U.S. for incineration 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 read, LifeSiteNews reports.

The B.C. Catholic spoke with Kristan Mitchell, executive director of the Oregon Refuse and Recycling Association, who told the publication that the "biomedical waste" is likely sent to the Covanta Marion waste-to-energy facility in Oregon, the only facility in the state that converts waste into power, LifeSiteNews reports.

Covanta Marion confirmed that it still receives and incinerates B.C. medical waste, LifeSiteNews reports.

The news comes one month after similar reports of aborted fetuses being incinerated and used for power caused an uproar in the United Kingdom. News that aborted fetuses were being burned to provide heat for hospitals led to U.K. authorities' issuing an instant ban on the "totally unacceptable" practice.

At least 15,500 aborted or miscarried babies were classified as clinical waste and subsequently incinerated, according to the reports.

As many as 10 employees at England's National Health Service admitted to having burned fetal remains that had been mixed with garbage, and two other employees said the aborted or miscarried bodies were used in the country's "waste-to-energy" plants to generate power for heat, Britain's Telegraph newspaper reported.

The harvesting of the unborn for consumer purposes has developed into a hot-button issue for the pro-life community in recent years.

Pro-lifers expressed outrage over 2012 reports that major food and beverage corporations such as PepsiCo. and Campbell Soup had contracted with a research firm that uses a line of kidney cells originally acquired from an aborted fetus to test flavor enhancers.

On Feb. 28, 2012, the Obama administration's Securities and Exchange Commission declared that such use falls within the confines of "ordinary business."

Senomyx, the research firm at the center of the controversy, boasts on its website that it "has received commercialization revenues that include royalties on sales of products incorporating its flavor ingredients" from several multinational food companies, including Nestle.

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