We all know that the souls of aborted babies go to live with Jesus, but what of their earthly remains? Well, in Texas, they legally can't be disposed of in landfills -- which is exactly where the remains from two abortion clinics have been going, according to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality investigations.
Responding to complaints filed last March by pro-life group Operation Rescue, the TCEQ investigated Whole Women's Health clinics in Austin and McAllen, and determined that the clinics, and a waste disposal company, were violating a really icky state law mandating that "treated recognizable human body parts, tissues, fetuses, organs, and the products of human abortions, spontaneous or induced, shall not be disposed of in a municipal solid waste landfill."
"Okay, Hair Balls," you say, "but what I'm really dying to know is: How exactly were the clinics disposing of the fetuses? Did the TCEQ by chance go into the kind of detail that might give us night-terrors, or at least greatly irritate our stomach lining?"
We're glad you asked, because the answer is a resounding "hell, yeah!"
Here's a bit from the Austin clinic report: "Each fetus resulting from an abortion is placed into a hard plastic container and then into a red biohazard bag. The bag is then placed into a freezer where it is stored. When Stericycle [a medical waste disposal company] arrives to transport the medical waste, the individual fetuses are removed from the freezer and placed into another large red biohazard bag. The red biohazard bag containing the fetuses is placed into the medical waste box along with other medical waste generated at the facility that requires treatment." (Three bags per fetus? Seems like overkill).
So far, so good -- standard operating fetus-chunking procedure. The problem was that, while Stericycle's policy is to incinerate the fetuses, the investigation revealed that the remains were instead "being sent for steam disinfection at the Stericycle Austin Autoclave along with other medical waste generated at the facility."
Confusingly, you can bury steam-cleaned fetuses in Texas, but just not in a municipal solid waste landfill, according to the TCEQ report. No wonder everyone got confused about what to do with the fetuses. We just hope the clinics and disposal company get back on track and stop dirtying up our landfills with their gross baby parts.
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