BROOKS, Ore. — Officials in an Oregon county have canceled their contract with the internationally-recognized medical waste Stericycle following reports that an area power plant has been burning aborted babies in their incinerators to generate electricity.
As previously reported, the Marion County Board of Commissioners called an emergency meeting last month to review the issue and consider revising their policies regarding the use of medical waste at the Covanta Marion Inc. plant near Portland. KGW-TV reports that Covanta Marion has been burning household and business waste for years, in addition to medical waste, but the city was unaware that aborted babies were also being burned to produce power.
“We thought our ordinance excluded this type of material at the waste-to-energy facility,” Bretano said in a public statement. “We will take immediate action to ensure a process is developed to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries.”
“We are outraged and disgusted that this material could be included in medical waste received at the facility,” added Commissioner Janet Carlson. “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.”
While Covanta Marion denies that aborted babies are included in the waste following discussions with medical waste hauler Stericycle Canada, a division of the Illinois-based company, reports state that Canadian officials have confirmed the contents of the containers. B.C. Catholic reports that the British Columbia Health Ministry recently told the outlet that “biomedical waste [which includes] human tissue, such as surgically removed cancerous tissue, amputated limbs and fetal tissue [is] disposed of through appropriate contacted providers.”
As the Board of Commissioners took steps to amend its policy to clearly bar the acceptance of all medical waste, including fetal remains, at the Covanta facility. It also canceled its contract with Stericycle Canada, which had been transporting the “waste” from Canada into America. Bretano told reporters that he believes aborted babies were indeed burned at the plant.
“I believe they were in there,” he told the Portland Tribune. “If we can provide a service to our region, I’m fine with that, but when it comes to British Columbia, I have no comfort in trusting them on this. That’s just my personal opinion. We’d like to have that confidence, but I don’t know how we could, other than tearing into the containers. I have no confidence that fetuses haven’t been in there.”
Liberty Pike, communications director for Oregon Right to Life, told Christian News Network that following the report out of England that aborted babies were being burned for heat, she knew that it was a matter of time before similar practices were exposed in America.
“When 1.1 million babies are being aborted in the United States annually, it begs the question: ‘Where are all those bodies going?'” she said. “So while I was angry that it was happening in our own backyard, I felt it was the natural progression of abortion rights logic: if we do not respect them enough to let them live, how can we respect their bodies after they are dead?”
Pike said, however, that she is grateful for how the Marion County Board of Commissioners has handled the matter.
“I could not be more pleased and thankful for the incredibly fast work of the commissioners,” she stated. “The very afternoon they discovered the Covanta practices and knew they could do something, they acted! Now that they have cut ties permanently with Stericycle, I am confident that the practice will no longer continue in this state.”
As previously reported, Stericycle, America’s leading medical waste company, incinerates aborted babies at its various incineration plants across the country. Grand Jury documents released by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office in 2011, and obtained by the Campaign to Stop Stericycle, revealed that Stericycle had been disposing of fetal remains for convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell for years.
Stericycle was also fined over $42,000 in 2011 after the company was found to be illegally dumping aborted babies into a municipal landfill in Austin, Texas with household and commercial garbage. The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) found Stericycle liable for “failure to prevent the disposal of treated fetuses at a municipal solid waste landfill” and “failure to comply with permit conditions.”
“We are deeply grieved, yet not surprised, that Stericycle was involved in this heinous activity of shipping aborted babies into the U.S. from Canada to be burned as trash and used to power the community,” said Michael Marcavage, director of the Campaign to Stop Stericycle. “We applaud the Marion County Board of Commissioners for cutting ties with Stericycle and amending its policies to ensure that the county has no part in the furtherance of the abortion holocaust. Stericycle must be stopped from its sick and disturbing practices in America and beyond. Without the help of Stericycle and businesses like it, the abortion industry would collapse.”