Fetuses in a Public Landfill: Not the Way It's Supposed to Happen

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Just no
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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27 comments
Rgwalt
Rgwalt

"Three bags per fetus? Seems like overkill" --- This had me doubled over in laughter!  Thanks for the mid-morning pick-me-up! 

Evan
Evan

Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but it sounds like the fault was on the disposal company rather than the clinics themselves. 

Bill
Bill

Wait.  Is that same freezer where they store the venison sausage and bulk hamburger patties?

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Hmmmm

Those aren't babies, they're just mistakes and minor inconveniences. Am I right, leftos?

GWEST
GWEST

YOUR MOMMA made a mistake and had a minor inconvenience!

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Hmmmm

BRAVO!!! WELL DONE! BRAVO!!! Take a bow!

GWEST
GWEST

YOUR MOMMA took a bow... and a DP.

Evan
Evan

OK. Let's stop abortions by having free birth control for everyone. Heck, mandatory birth control for everyone until age 25. 

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Hmmmm

OR, unmarried women could keep their legs closed and unmarried men could keep it zipped.

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Hmmmm

(I spelled your name wrong on purpose, brainiac)

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Hmmmm

Are you actually going to dispute there are far more unmarried women getting abortions? Really? Quit while you're behind.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

Really? You can't even take the time to look three lines above your post to figure out how to spell my name? Lazy, lazy.

Although, if that's how you do your fact-checking it explains a lot about your other beliefs.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

You're the one making assertions here, not me. Where's YOUR stats?

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Hmmmm

How many married people choose to kill...err terminate the life of a baby...errr...fetus in comparison to unwed killers...err...parents...errr...people, Brittany?

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Hmmmm

Oh, to be so incredibly naive. SIGH

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Hmmmm

Perhaps you should give us some statistics to further prove your point.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Unmarried welfare queens get abortions. Didn't you get the crazy right wing chain email from your uncle yet?

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

Right, because only unmarried people get abortions.

H_e_x
H_e_x

And innocent people are killed by guns. Let's ban guns. And let's not forget all the people killed by car collisions. I guess we should ban all cars as well. And all those people who die in hospitals. I say we shut down the menace that is healthcare.

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Hmmmm

Those are the dumbest comparisons ever made, congratulations!

H_e_x
H_e_x

Nah, I didn't go to a big state school or join a frat, so I'm pretty uninformed about roofies, but you seem to have knowledge to drop on the subject.

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Hmmmm

Something tells me you are the last person that should be telling someone else to get laid. How could someone as incredibly dumb as yourself possibly find a mate?I'm guessing ALOT of tequila and some roofies?

H_e_x
H_e_x

Thanks for pointing out how, Mr. Troll. Maybe you would be in a better mood if you got laid more often. There has never been a point in human history when people didn't get laid. Maybe if you stepped away from the keyboard and got a nice and willing man or woman, then maybe you wouldn't be so cranky.

Gerwood
Gerwood

if you want the law changed, get a constituional amendment passed! if it is so obviously the correct thing to do, it shouldn't take long to get that accomplished.

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Hmmmm

We're working on it.

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