Study Finds Horrific Abuse in Disposal of Fetal Remains

fetus 18 weeks 2A new study has found widespread violations in states’ methods of disposing of the remains of aborted babies which is allowing their bodies to be disposed of in ways that offend standards of decency and put community health at risk.

The Susan B. Anthony List, an organization dedicated to promoting pro-life leadership in government, is reporting on the a new paper by Charlotte Lozier Institute associate scholar Kristi Burton Brown, J.D., which found numerous violations of existing laws in some states and weak or inadequate laws in others that are allowing abortion facilities to dispose of babies’ bodies in horrific ways.

Entitled Fetal Disposition: The Abuses and the Law, some of the following practices were reported:

• Disposing of aborted babies’ bodies down a garbage disposal emptying into the public sewer
• Dumping babies’ bodies in dumpsters and landfills
• Storing five months’ worth of bodies in a freezer

“With roughly 1.06 million abortions in the nation every year, abortion facilities have a need to dispose of approximately 2,700 baby bodies every day,” writes Brown.

“Because of this, clinics want disposal methods to be broad, cheap, and accessible. The state laws governing fetal disposition are often archaic and scattered throughout a variety of state codes, regulations, and statutes. In a number of states, the laws are so broad that it is legal to grind the bodies of aborted babies in the garbage disposal and send the remains through the sewage system or to incinerate entire containers of baby body parts at once.”

Brown concludes, “There is no long-lasting victory in passing laws that merely require abortion facilities to dispose of preborn children in more humane ways…we must ensure that our laws are more than ‘feel-good’ solutions.”

The report outlines several recommendations:

• Require the remains of every baby, at every age, to be individually buried or cremated
• Categorize fetal remains as “human being” or “human body” instead of medical waste
• Require abortion facilities to obtain the mother’s informed consent to choose cremation or burial
• Require regular state inspections of abortion facilities and stronger penalties for noncompliance
• Enact limits on the number of bodies that may be stored at an abortion facility, and for how long

“This heartbreaking report provides yet another sobering reminder of the brutality of abortion. It exposes an industry’s callous disregard not only for the humanity of the unborn, but also for the safety of the community in its pursuit of cheap solutions to the problem of thousands of bodies,” said Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute. “The horrific abuses detailed in this report prove the industry puts its bottom line first and cannot be trusted to police itself. States must enact stronger laws and hold abortionists accountable for violating them.”

Donovan continued, “Abortion robs thousands of precious children of their lives every day. Until that injustice can be ended once and for all, the very least our society can do is to give unborn babies back a small part of the dignity they have been denied by ensuring that their remains are treated with respect – not like so many used syringes to be tossed in the garbage.”

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