The Marion County, Oregon board of commissioners has agreed to stop burning aborted fetuses and human tissue to power homes as part of their waste-to-energy program.
Earlier this week, Marion County came under fire after the British Columbia Health Ministry admitted that babies being aborted in Canada are being exported to Oregon where their remains are burned at an energy plant.
An email from a British Columbia Health Ministry to Vancouver newspaper The B.C. Catholic states “The ministry understands that some [biomedical waste] is transferred to Oregon. There it is incinerated in a waste-to-energy plant.”
The Marion County board of directors has ordered the plant to stop accepting medical waste though it has been doing so since 1987. Sam Brentano, the chairman of the board, says “We provide an important service to the people of this state and it would be a travesty if this program is jeopardized due to this finding. We thought out ordinance excluded this type of material at the waste-to-energy facility. We will take immediate action to ensure a process is developed to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries.”
The B.C. Catholic reports that about 14,000 babies are aborted in British Columbia every year and “few” choose a conventional funeral service, leaving the fetuses as “waste to be discarded by hospitals.”
Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson says “We are outraged and disgusted that this material could be included in medical waste received at the facility. We did not know this practice was occurring until today. We are taking immediate action and initiating discussions with Covanta Marion to make certain that this type of medical waste is not accepted in the future.”
Once again, the program began in 1987.