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thefurnaceThe article title does not refer to The Trammps 1976 hit, “Disco Inferno” but rather points to the latest example of the conflagration of our humanity. Dante’s “Inferno” would be a better indicator as to the direction we are headed.

In March 2014, a U.K Telegraph news story reported that more than 15,000 aborted and miscarried babies were used as fuel to heat some British National Health Service (NHS) hospitals. These precious humans were considered “medical waste,” and their tiny arms, legs, heads and torsos were used to keep other humans warm in what are known as “waste-to-energy” plants, or they were burned alongside other “rubbish” at some hospitals.

The Telegraph reported, “[P]arents who lose children in early pregnancy were often treated without compassion and were not consulted about what they wanted to happen to the remains. 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.’”

After hearing about this, Dr. Dan Poulter, health minister at the Department of Health, banned the practice, calling it “totally unacceptable.”

This, of course, begs the question, who thought burning babies for heat was acceptable in the first place?

Can you imagine the outcry if these hospitals had been caught burning road kill, animals euthanized at zoos, shelters, and animal clinics, or aborted puppies and kittens to generate heat?

A month after the U.K. story, is covering a second story on a similar topic, but this time it is happening in the United States — Oregon to be specific. The babies being burned for electricity in America, though, are Canadian.

The Covanta Waste-to-Energy facility located in Marion County, Oregon, accepts “medical waste” from British Columbia, Canada. refers to the British Columbia Catholic newspaper for the particulars. Aborted and miscarried babies in the Canadian province are disposed of as “biomedical waste,” which includes “human tissue” and “fetal tissue” through “officially approved contractors,” including Covanta. This admission comes from the British Columbia Health Ministry.

To their credit, local Marion County officials held an emergency meeting to discuss ending this practice and are drawing up new ordinances to prohibit it. reports, “Commissioner Carlson said: ‘I am horrified. There are not enough strong words to describe my feelings. This will not continue. … I don’t even want to call it ‘material;’ these are ‘babies.’ She also said she wants to pursue an in-depth investigation into ‘who knew, when they knew, and how long they knew.’”

The Marion County commission is right to investigate.  Some people in the U.K, Canada, and the U.S. thought nothing of using babies to generate heat and electricity. How did we get to a place where this idea was not only conceived, but acted upon?

How about we start with people and organizations that call babies “blobs of tissue,” “clumps of cells” or “conception material”? The dehumanization of a baby must start early if the abortion industry is to succeed, and these terms have been employed to do just that. Portraying growing babies as inanimate pieces rather than living beings makes abortion seem innocuous. Rather than counter biological facts, it is easier to deny and deflect.

It is fact that from the moment of conception a separate and distinct human being is created. That human continues to grow and develop in the womb of its mother until it is born. The baby has separate DNA from its mother. The life growing inside the mother will not be a goat, an elephant, or a dog; it will be a boy or girl.

Those boys and girls who die from miscarriage or abortion deserve to be treated with dignity, not considered “medical waste” that can be converted to energy.

But when they are portrayed as bits and pieces of tissue, cells, and material, the idea of getting rid of this “waste” to produce something useful — like electricity and heat — doesn’t seem wrong, does it? After all, in the twisted view of a mind in denial, these children were not human beings; they were “inhuman.”

And just like that, our humanity goes up in flames.