Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — A national pro-life group is calling for an investigation into the connection between a convicted Philadelphia abortionist and the top medical waste disposal company in America regarding the unlawful disposal of newborn and third trimester babies.
The Campaign to Stop Stericycle (CSS) issued a news release today, calling upon citizens across the country to contact both the Pennsylvania and North Carolina environmental protection agencies to request an official investigation into the incineration of babies killed by Kermit Gosnell via the Illinois-based company Stericycle. It pointed to information outlined in the Philadelphia Grand Jury Report and Presentation surrounding the Gosnell case.
Grand Jury documents released by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office in 2011 revealed that Stericycle had been disposing of fetal remains for Gosnell for years. According to the Grand Jury Presentment, while interviewing Gosnell’s employees for the case, it was discovered that staff were assigned the task of preparing the boxes of aborted babies for Stericycle’s arrival.
“James Johnson, who worked for Gosnell since 2001, testified that his duties included collecting the red biohazard bags of fetal remains and putting them in boxes for pickup by an outside firm, Stericycle,” the document notes.
The Grand Jury Report, a separate document released by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, provided similar information.
“According to a plan that Gosnell filed with the Philadelphia Health Department in 2004, waste was to be stored in the basement for once-a-week pickup by a waste disposal company,” it stated.
However, Johnson told investigators that “in the last two years [prior to the raid], Gosnell did not always pay his Stericycle bills.” Therefore, Gosnell and his staff would stuff the aborted babies in the basement until Stericycle came for collection.
“In the interim, and as the search team discovered during the February 18 raid, freezers at the clinic were full of discarded fetuses,” the Report advised.
CSS explained that human body parts and other medical waste termed as “pathological waste” that is collected by Stericycle in Pennsylvania is hauled to Stericycle’s North Carolina incineration plant to be burned with tons of medical garbage. The campaign has had discussions with Stericycle in the past to confirm the information.
“You’ll get stickers marked for incinerate only,” explained Stericycle sales representative Mara Villalobos during an undercover investigation conducted by the campaign. “[The fetal remains] will be incinerated, so it will be hauled over to Haw River, [North Carolina].”
However, it is illegal for third trimester or newborn babies to be incinerated in the state. CSS noted that Stericycle treats their waste acceptance policy like a “don’t ask, don’t tell policy” in that the company never inquires what is in the boxes that they collect.
“Stericycle’s willful ignorance of the aborted babies contained in the boxes does not exempt the company from accountability under the law,” campaign director Michael Marcavage said. “Furthermore, the collaboration between Gosnell and Stericycle must not be ignored, nor the modern-day Auschwitz that Stericycle continues to operate as it hauls away babies like trash and burns their bodies with tons of medical garbage.”
Therefore, CSS is calling for an official investigation into the matter and that Stericycle be prohibited from burning babies in the state.
“If Gosnell had kept paying his Stericycle bills, who knows what evidence would have been left to convict him,” Marcavage stated. “Stericycle was willing to dispose of Gosnell’s so-called ‘waste’ for as long as they were profiting from the abortionist.”
“Stericycle must stop facilitating the abortion holocaust in America and cease enabling those who are killing our nation’s children to stay in business,” he said. “We will not stop pursuing Stericycle until Stericycle stops collaborating with the abortion industry.”
The medical waste giant was fined over $42,000 in 2011 for unlawfully dumping aborted babies into a landfill in Austin, Texas after an abortion facility that it serviced failed to place “incinerate only” stickers on the boxes.
Editor’s Note: Those wishing to express concern may contact Regional Director Lynn Langer with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection at 484-250-5900 or email [email protected]