Mar 24 2014
This shocking headline at Drudge pretty much encapsulates the heartless, consumer-driven nature of modern society. Where individuals are throw away commodities. Where consumption obliterates the human rights of some to feed the needs of others. Today humanity is hitting a point I once naively thought was too cold, callous and abhorrent to reach. We have a whole new meaning for the term “Green”, renewable energy:
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.
Last night the Department of Health issued an instant ban on the practice which health minister Dr Dan Poulter branded ‘totally unacceptable.’
If we can burn dead humans – aborted because of the myth they are not viable individuals – and use them for heat, how far are we from using them as food? The reason I ask is this news story puts us up against one of Science Fictions most disturbing takes on humanity – the movie Soylent Green:
The 20th century’s industrialization has left the world permanently overcrowded, polluted and stagnant by the turn of the 21st century. In 2022, with 40 million people in New York City alone, housing is dilapidated and overcrowded; homeless people fill the streets; 20 million are unemployed with the few “lucky” ones with jobs scraping by, and food and working technology is scarce. Most of the population survives on rations produced by the Soylent Corporation, whose newest product is Soylent Green, a green wafer advertised to contain “high-energy plankton”, more nutritious and palatable than its predecessors “Red” and “Yellow”, but in short supply.
Spoiler Alert: Soylent Green is made from the corpses of the dead. The story basically predicts out of control humanity consuming itself as it decays into pointlessness.
But really, using bodies for food or for heat – what’s the big diff?
It really is disturbing since it is a scientific fact embryos are unique human individuals. This can be proven beyond any doubt using the same scientific methods we use to identify victims and criminals in court every day. If you test the DNA of an embryo – even at the 4 cell stage – it will demonstrate that the embryo is a unique human being, distinct from mother and father.
Just as the mother’s tissues cannot be mistaken for her children’s at any crime scene, the same holds for aborted embryos and fetuses.
So how is it society will not allow parents to kill and burn a new born baby for heat, but a hospital can if that same “baby” is just a few weeks younger?
I can imagine three camps. One is the “so what?” group. If “life” doesn’t begin until viability (or birth, for the hardcore abortion warrior), then yeah, this is medical waste. You don’t cremate tumors, do you? Toss it in the incinerator. Next is the group that wants to distinguish between miscarried babies and the aborted. The parents of the former saw a life in the making even if pro-choicers didn’t; the remains should thus be treated with due decorum, as a consolation to the bereaved. The remains of the aborted needn’t be similarly respected. Finally, there’s the group that’s uncomfortable with treating fetal remains as waste (or fuel) under any circumstances.