UK hospitals heated by incinerated babies

Callous actions shock nation


Published: 30 March 2014 (GMT+10)
Photo: Phil Robinson Auschwitz-incinerator
Hospital incinerators are now being compared with those used by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

While the title of this article may read like something from a horror novel it is unfortunately very much true. The Telegraph1 has reported that in the United Kingdom bodies of more than 15,500 aborted2 and miscarried babies have been burned in National Health Service (NHS) incinerators over the past two years. The babies were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts, of which 10 admitted burning the remains alongside other rubbish and two trusts used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants to generate power for heat in hospitals. It was discovered that parents were not consulted about their wishes for the remains of the children.

The practice was uncovered by a UK television documentary series, Dispatches.3

The Telegraph further reported that “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’.” And that, “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.”4

Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director, has written to all NHS trusts to tell them the practice must stop.

Reactions, vivid descriptions and condemnations to the news have come quickly. Dr Tim Stanley, a columnist for The Telegraph, pointed out, “That’s right—institutions created to protect life are being fuelled by burning the remains of the dead.”5 One comment on The Telegraph website described the horrible process succinctly as, “On a journey to be born on the Planet Earth. Torn out of the womb and incinerated.”6 And another comment read, “Dear God, what have we become?”7

A Holocaust comparison

It did not take long for comparisons to be made with the Nazi Holocaust as well. The Holocaust has been well documented to be based upon an evolutionary understanding of humanity by the Nazi regime in which the concept of the image of God in man (Genesis 1) was firmly removed.

Instead people were placed on an evolutionary tree, and if the branch that Hitler assigned them to wasn’t high enough then they were on the list to be exterminated. One comment on The Telegraph website read, “Heinrich Himmler of the German SS would be so proud— to know that ‘Great’ Britain has now stooped to this level of indecency and barbarism— and in less than 70 years no less!”8

Steve Ertelt, writing for Life News, also made the comparison stating, “While the pro-abortion movement frequently condemns pro-life advocates who draw comparisons between abortion and the Holocaust, the report of babies burned to heat UK hospitals is a shocking reminder of the callous way human life was treated by the Nazi regime.”9

Abortion, the silent genocide, clearly now has even stronger parallels to the Nazi Holocaust with the incineration of babies’ bodies. Perhaps someday in the future people will line up to mourn and weep at the hospital incinerators as they now do at those in Auschwitz.

Wholly disgusting, but not surprising

Dr Bruce Waltke points out that, “Fundamental to Genesis and the entirety of Scripture is the creation of humanity in the image of God. The expression ‘image of God’ is used uniquely with reference to human beings and so sets them apart from other creatures.”10 However, “evolution means that there is no basis for seeing humans as more advanced or developed than any other species.”11


So it is not surprising that in our currently evolution-saturated world the sanctity of human life has been forgotten, meaning humans can be murdered and then just incinerated like any other waste item.

The babies were seen only as organic waste, like a tumour or cancerous cells that had been removed from a body. They were given no rights or dignity. Their value was not grasped.

This is not surprising when we consider remarks made by Professor Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives. When commenting on mothers inviting friends to view 3D and 4D scans of their children, so that they could be seen in amazing detail, she said, “Does this escalate the thinking held by some that a foetus should have a life of its own before birth and, therefore, have rights of its own? At the moment, UK law allows for the mother to make decisions on behalf of her baby until the baby is born. Using technology in this way seems to have the potential to upset this position and raises the spectrum of women being accused of doing wrong to their foetus, as happens in the USA.”12

Baby Steps video from American Life League: Using 4D ultrasounds, the film shows the baby in the womb from 8 weeks through to birth.

It is impossible to ignore that it really is a baby, a human being made in the image of God, in the womb, when such technology makes it abundantly clear.

Professor Warwick seems to forget that while the mother carries the baby it has long been understood medically that the baby is an entirely different person, with the mother’s immune system having to have been designed to not attack the baby.

Of course it is doing wrong to murder someone (Exodus 20:13). Babies in the womb should have the same fundamental rights as when they are born.

The Bible is clear that life starts at conception, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:13–16).

The way forward

To deal with the issues raised by the news story, both the initial act of abortion (murder) and then the barbaric disposal method of babies’ bodies, there needs to be a restoration in how humanity understands itself.

Only a clear understanding of the origin of humanity in the creation account in Genesis will be able to do this. It is in Genesis that it is made clear that man was created special, with intrinsic value, in the image of God (Genesis 1:26–29, Genesis 2:7–23). Of course Genesis then goes on to describe the fall of man into sin in the Garden of Eden. Our fallen state and sin is all too apparent when we read of news stories such as this. However the Good News is that God did not leave us in our sin, but sent Jesus to die on the cross, so that his wrath may be appeased and we may be forgiven. Abortion, as with other sin, can be forgiven if repentance is sought before the Creator-Saviour, Jesus Christ (John 1:9).

I would encourage Christians to point women struggling with this issue to Christian counselling services so they can obtain biblical guidance.

However, while the current order of things still stands and the silent genocide, abortion, continues to occur the Bible commands that we speak for those who have no voice, “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.” (Proverbs 31:8).

References and notes

  1. Knapton, S., Aborted Babies Incinerated to Heat UK Hospitals, telegraph.co.uk, 24 March 2014. Return to text.
  2. The UK currently performs around 180,000 abortions each year most of which are paid for by the NHS. Return to text.
  3. Dispatches programme aired in the UK on Channel Four, 8pm, Monday 24 March 2014. Return to text.
  4. Ipswich Hospital Trust said it was concerned to discover that foetal remains from another hospital had been incinerated on its site. A spokeswoman said: “The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust does not incinerate foetal remains.” She added that the trust “takes great care over foetal remains”. Return to text.
  5. Stanley, T., Aborted babies are being used to heat UK hospitals. This is the culture of death, blogs.telegraph.co.uk, 24 March 14. Return to text.
  6. Comment made by Robert Trip on comment board, Ref.1. Return to text.
  7. Comment made by Beaux Weevil on the comment board, Ref.1. Return to text.
  8. Comment made by Lest We Forget on comment board, Ref.1. Return to text.
  9. Ertelt, S., Shocking Report Shows 15,000 Aborted Babies Incinerated to Heat British Hospitals, lifenews.com, 24 March 2014. Return to text.
  10. Waltke, B.K., Genesis: a Commentary, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, p. 65, 2001. See our review. Return to text.
  11. Manes, C., Author of Green Rage (1991), quoted in The War on Humans by the Discovery Institute, 18 February 2014: see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWcEYYj_-rg, 38 seconds, accessed 25 March 2014. Return to text.
  12. Warwick, C., Foetus Parties: Womb with a view?, bbc.co.uk, 13 January 2012. Return to text.

Readers’ comments

Marica M.
Since becoming vividly aware two decades ago of the wickedness surrounding abortion; this after giving birth to four precious children myself; I've been encouraged along the way by Malachi 4: In spite of evil happening around us, God still remains in control. As much as we would like to pluck out all the weeds in the world at once, it simply is not for us to do; the great and dreadful day of God's reckoning will eventually come.

With His commandments written on our hearts, we are to grow into strong plants - yielding fruit in abundance. Even though He may require at given times of us to become part of His process (as happened here when these grim details were brought to light); our utmost responsibility as those who fear God, remains to live, and move, and have our being in Jesus Christ - sent to us with healing in His wings. In Him alone we find our righteousness, and not in ourselves being better than others - including those committing these terrible atrocities.

What gives me hope about this article, is that once these alarming practices were revealed, vivid descriptions and accompanying condemnations followed quickly. Hereby, those participating in these horrors were openly confronted, and challenged to turn from their wicked ways. It is also is very encouraging to find that the medical Director had called for these practices stop.

Personally, it also was sobering to realise that being part of ONE HUMAN FAMILY, I cannot distance myself from what has been happening here. The first time (that I know of) that abortion hit our extended family tree, was when our seventh preborn cousin's blood watered British soil in the seventies. During that time - with abortion still illegal in South-Africa - women affluent enough visited London as part of their family planning.
Danie P.
A lot of pro-abortionists are outraged about 'hospitals heated by incinerated babies' but this is a play of words chosen to evoke emotion. Why aren't the pro-abortion UK not angered in the first place about abortion? And why aren't incineration a disgusting practice...burning remains like trash! What about what they do with the ash, probably chucking it away like normal trash ash? I'm really of opinion that the adding a heat exchanger to the exhaust of the incinerator is far less disgusting then the act of abortion itself. Now "Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director, has written to all NHS trusts to tell them the practice must stop", this just shows how upside down this world is! They should stop using the heat exchanger on the incinerator exhaust because it is disgusting, but please continue aborting babies...mankind is so blinded by
Satan it is SHOCKING!
Marica M.
Be encouraged by Malachi 4:

"For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up," says the Lord of hosts, "that will leave them neither root nor branch.
But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves.
You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this," says the Lord of hosts.
"Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statues and judgments.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse."
Filipp T.
Lord have mercy on us all. If this outrages us I can only Imagine the wrath of God that is to come
B. O.
Dear Mirrie K. I am so sorry if I may of offended you. I have aimed my comments only at those that chose abortion. I am so sad to hear of your loss and I hope that you find comfort in your saviors arms. Our dear child is going through a health crisis and we fear for their future. I know that I trust in our Lord and He understands our fear and anger. I pray that you have peace each day, and especially on your difficult days.
Felipe P.
Physical life starts at conception in the womb, that is, according to what we see with our own eyes with the aid of microscope. But God said life starts from the time we become His preconceived idea (Jer. 1:4). That gives us the highest respect and value for life.
Debbie D.
I just buried my 23 year old son 3 weeks ago and know that Jesus' heart is breaking with mine....I can't imagine how much His heart hurts over all this evil sin in the world. We need to pray for all our evil hearts.
Rod N.
As a father who has gone through 3 miscarriages with my wife, I can echo Diane M. and other who have cautioned against blanket outrage on this article. Many parents have the traumatic experience of losing a child. I know it was devastating for us, especially the one we lost at 20 weeks. So many women are misled by the abortion industry into having the procedure, only to regret it later on. Indeed, even this article will probably devastate many former mothers who made the choice to terminate their children. Information with love is a far more effective tool than judgement.
I treasure the fact that I was able to dig the grave for my 20 week miscarried daughter. As a dad, I couldn't do anything other than take care of her mother. Digging the grave was the last act of service I did for her.
Justin N.
As horrific as the burning of the bodies of unborn children is, what can we expect? If people are willing to murder these children - to stab/dismember/scald/poison them while they're alive - would they really have any qualms about burning the bodies once they're dead?
Mirrie K.
I fully understand why there is such an outrage over this and being opposed to abortion I am also greatly saddened. I do however feel that a great number of moms reading this who miscarried might feel condemned as they did not 'dispose' of there baby's remains 'correctly'. I miscarried twice and went through a vanishing twin syndrome with my first baby. Every time I was deeply traumatised and the dead baby's remains was not a priority as I felt God unctioning me to make peace with His perfect will.
I feel that the baby's soul and spirit was not present after it died and therefore I do not feel condemed that I did not treat the remains with more dignity.
I just want to ask that you spare a thought to up to 30% of moms who had no choice in losing there babies.
Terry F.
Well, yet another reason to reject the concept of evolution. If we were evolving wouldn't our minds be evolving as well? I guess this is a step forward in evolution when we use "clinical waste" as a source of heat for the living? Not!

2 things of note. Socialist medicine dehumanizes the patient and life in general. Bean counters elevate cost saving measures like this barbaric process by making people objects of a centralized medical system rather than living human beings.

Pro-Choice is actually pro-death. It is really pro-life versus pro-death. Labels like fetus cover up the fact that a developing child has a heartbeat and brain waves by 8 weeks. It is not a fetus. It is a living human being developed enough to have a beating heart and operating brain. To eliminate that life or treat a dead baby as "clinical waste" is a direct denial of that childs humanity and the sanctity of life itself.

Anyone who doesn't believe in a satanic presence in the world need only reference events like this to disprove that theory. Only pure evil could contrive this solution and Satan is about a pure a form of evil as exists.
james p H.
blame it on the so-called 'churches'.....even the so-called 'evangelical'/Bible-believing ones.....they should be preaching God's wrath, HELL fire and judgement....NON-stop....only the *fear of Almighty God* keeps men from committing evil.....every-thing else is mere 'advertising' !
B. O.
Last week there was a world wide outcry because a zoo in Europe euthanized a zebra (to avoid interbreeding) and fed its remains to lion. We heard about it on public left wing radio. Why isn't there outrage world wide regarding this horrific situation in England? I look to the heavens for Jesus' return and am thankful that He will judge. My eyes are open and I praise His holy name on behalf of every child that has been offended. These offenders have their mill stone around their necks. I am so thankful that these babes look into the face of Jesus.
John N.
We count ourselves as being of the civilized nations that stand against barbarianism. The UK has always been held in high regards that way. However if we do those things then we are the barbarians. We have to communicate this to the unbelievers in the world that don't see it that way. Otherwise we will never see any changes.
Alan J.
I am ashamed to be British
Kenneth L.
I couldn't help but think of the movie "Soylent Green", a science fiction film from the 1960's or 70's, in which a future society's food is revealed, to the horror of two Jewish men who have eaten it, to be made, in an industrial process, from human remains. This is no different in principle. Human remains being used to heat buildings, that is to say, used as an industrial product for society, just as the remains of murdered Jews were used by the Nazis for industrial products during the Holocaust. This is not cremation, by any stretch of the imagination. This is a form of cannibalism. What a horrific amoral state our modern society has reached, as the monstrous twin lies of atheism and evolutionism have turned masses of people away from faith in Jesus Christ and the Bible, and convinced millions of people that unborn human beings are only rubbish to be aborted and used for genetic research and now for fuel to heat buildings. "Soylent Green" is here. Can God's judgement on our modern society be long in coming? Can the end of our society be far distant? I think not. Come, Lord Jesus Christ.
Robert K.
This is a truly sickening development, but one that I suppose we should expect if after all, we are not but sophistocated clumps of matter.
John B.
Whilst I am horrified by this story, I am also very shocked. I have not read the tabloid papers regarding this and wait to see the outcome of any such practice, which I find abhorrent. I am an employee as a Biomedical Scientist in Histopathology of an NHS hospital, in Wales. The measures that we undertake as a department, concerning foetal "disposal", are extremely strict and careful. This is in order to carry out the wishes of the relatives, particularly the mother, to absolutely ensure that any remains are "disposed of in a respectful and dignified manner, always. Every dead foetus is wrapped carefully in gauze and placed into a small cardboard coffin, and cremated at the local crematorium, usually following a short funeral service, on a "communal" basis, as requested by the parent/s. Babies that have died in nearly full term are clothed in baby clothes before cremation, if no other particular requirement has been requested. There are extremely strict guidelines in place, concerning this within the NHS in the UK, and I find it horrific if this has not been the case by a certain few health boards. The staff, where I work, are not necessarily Christian, but their dedication to respectful, dignified disposal of babies that have died is commendable, to say the least. If there have been unscrupulous practices carried out in certain NHS health Trusts, as you state, then I hope that heads will roll. But please be aware, not all NHS hospitals are involved in such horrible practices.
For the record, I am a Christian and a Biblical Creationist.
Richard A.
I would be very interested in listening to a debate among atheists and pro-abortion advocates on whether or not this is acceptable. Ultimately, it would seem that their only logical argument to oppose this is would boil down to being emotionally offended. That of course is no real argument to oppose anything as emotions are not "real" entities anyway. Unless we are created in the image of God, there should be no problem with any of this. In fact, if we do not reflect God's image, I am sure we can do much worse than even this. I am sure we will.
Mike J.
In warning people against images of the unborn child, Warwick is basically saying is that people should do what they can to avoid reality! Yes; let's pretend nothing is there... let's pretend it's not human... let's pretend it's not responding... let's pretend it's just a blob of jello. (We might see her statement as a kind of metaphor for how materialists refuse to look at the obvious implications of materialism... and how it destroys any foundation for morality or for ordinary human experience.)

- The unborn baby has unique DNA... and this makes nonsense out of the claim it is part of the mother's body. (Since materialism denies the non-physical it tends to lead people to deny the existence of information and thus downplays the above argument. i.e. particles aren't unique... and of course aren't personal or human.)

- I think the reference to Chinese cuisine was most unfortunate.
Judie S.
I work in a pregnancy support centre in Toowoomba and I have discovered what the abortion industry tries to hide: that the toll abortion takes on the mothers is also great.
Many, many women believe their circumstances leave them with no choice (so much for 'pro-choice'!) and at least 70% say they would not have done it if they had known, before their abortion, what they knew after.
Abortion is (among other effects) a major contributor to depression, reproductive difficulties, relationship breakdown, and breast cancer.
Marie T.
When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up (Psalm 27:10).
Diane W.
It seems to me that humans have been given a place lower than the animals because of the teachings of evolution in direct contradiction to God's order. If an animal is treated badly we are up in arms, but do the same to a human and it seems we are just expendable. I think this is frightening and, while we teach evolution in schools and God's word is consigned to 'myth' it is only going to get worse.
Can I say though folks that we, as Christians, must be careful what we say in the sense that - yes there are many babies who are wilfully aborted by their mothers and this is no doubt murder, but there are also babies who spontaneously miscarry when they have a loving mother who is then devastated at their loss. It is likely that many of these babies have also been incinerated in this way and we must have compassion, as Jesus would have, for these poor mums in a totally different category. May they come to know that their child is safe with God, finding comfort in that and hopefully being re-united in time.
Lorraine K.
I have ALWAYS been against abortion.. Failing to conceive quickly with my 2 boys my "waiting to fall pregnant" I guess made it worse, that wish to just have a new life growing inside of me. Even if they told me it was a blob with a beating heart, I would have given birth to it and let nature decide it's fate.
We don't know the parents reasons for abortions, BUT I can not think of one single reason to abort!!! Why make such a fuss about what happens to the BABIES after abortion, blaming the hospitals etc (yes what they are doing IS appalling and unimaginable to me), but what do these parents care if their babies were burnt for various reasons or flushed down the toilet? Cooked up as Chinese cuisine or used as fish bait? THEY killed their un-born!!!!! They should of thought of this first. I pity them one day when they will have to account for their murderous deeds, and the doctors performing the procedure? Aren't doctors there to SAVE lives? And not TAKE? Lets deviate a bit from the INFERNO'S and focus on the people responsible, the parents and doctors making these decisions and following the heinous CRIMES!
john P.
Goes to show that countries who reject their Christian heritage wind up adopting the hellish culture of evolution-one would hope whoever had these ideas to copy the Nazis repents while they have time. To face Jesus otherwise will not be a good experience for them- they won't get a second chance
Marcel B.
This is a most disgusting practice. The perpetrators of the shameful acts should be prosecuted.
Anthony T.
Im a 30 year old "tough guy" and this makes me want to ball my eyes out. Evil is so real in this world. The comment saying something like "on their journey to live on this earth and they are torn out of the womb and incinerated..." really sums it up. Abortion of the most precious, sinless, innocent child is evil straight from the devil and people are so blind to it! This world is such a dark place, so much so, that people destroy these little gifts from heaven. And to burn them alongside trash.... It makes me wonder what else these demonic hospitals are doing behind closed doors.
Steve G.
Another Scripture which hit me recently proving that life begins at conception was Job 3:3 which says, "Let the day perish on which I was born and the night that said 'A man is conceived.' "
James C.
It is instructive (and chilling) to note that while the heading is about aborted babies the outrage in the body of the article is about the fact that parents of stillborn babies were not consulted about the disposal of their babies stillborn early in pregnancy and not about the treatment of the aborted babies.

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