Foreign Media, Fox News Cover British Prenatal Incineration Scandal; Other Media Out to Lunch

Matthew Balan | March 26, 2014
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On Monday, The UK's Daily Telegraph spotlighted the scoop of another British media outlet, Channel 4, which discovered the beyond abhorrent practice of 10 NHS hospitals, which incinerated over 15,000 bodies of unborn babies from miscarriages and abortions. The investigation by the Channel 4 program Dispatches found that some of the infants' remains were even used to heat the medical facilities.

This scandal, which got picked up by newspapers across much of the Anglosphere – including The Vancouver Sun and The Ottawa Citizen in Canada – has yet to receive wide coverage in the United States. So far, the only TV outlet to devote air time to the story was Monday's The Five on Fox News Channel. Host Greg Gutfeld led the segment with a warning about the repugnant nature of the subject, and likened to abuse of the bodies to a well-known sci-fi movie from the 1970s:

GREG GUTFELD: This is probably the only time I'll ever say this on TV: if you have kids, make them leave the room, and if you're cooking dinner, turn off the set for a few minutes and come back, because what I'm going to talk about is pretty gross. So, I'll keep it short, but here it goes: there's a report out of Britain claiming that 15,000 fetuses were incinerated at NHS hospitals, and used sometimes to heat the hospitals, as part of a waste-to-energy program.

I know – it's unreal. It reminds me of a movie I saw as a kid called Soylent Green. It's about an ugly future where humans survived off processed food made from people. Soylent Green was the food – it was us – a solution to mass poverty.

So, what's England's excuse? How did they get to this point? And what does this say about humanity, when flesh becomes fuel for those lucky enough to live? And what constitutes waste these days? Waste is a substance without value. If you abort a healthy child as a choice, do you forfeit the right to care about where it goes next? Once you remove moral values, sadness over its usage becomes absurd. It's like mourning the loss of a tumor. Finally, I wonder how many media types who believe in waste-to-energy think fossil fuels are evil? Out with the old, in with the new – I can see the headline: 'U.K. Discovers New Source of Green Energy to Undercut Putin.' Soylent Green is energy.