If you have not heard or read, Britain has been in an uproar over the revelation of a recent holocaust of their own making. In March 2014, the news outlets revealed that for the past two years more than 15,000 miscarried and aborted babies have been incinerated by the National Health Trust to fuel their waste-to-energy plants. I was devastated when I read this report -- though it was barely covered in any news outlet. We learned recently that the same may be true for our own state of Oregon.
It is reported that British Columbia has been sending aborted and miscarried babies to a plant in Brooks, Ore., where they have been used in waste-to-energy plants to generate electricity in Marion County. Now we hear cries of disbelief, horror, outrage and denial that anyone knew anything about the "materials" imported from Canada to fuel the local electric.
Most of us will agree, as a civilized people, no matter our stance on choice the revelation of burning babies makes us ill, is appalling, deplorable and a nauseatingly dreadful crime against decency, innocence and the hope that is humanity.
Few are willing to speak anymore about abortion. No one wants to offend. No one wants to be accused of promoting a "war on women." In our country everyone is tired even of the debate. Could it be this is what happens when "good people do nothing" and accountability and responsibility are perceived as political tools? Could it be the apathy we have allowed to reign in our country has advanced this nightmare?
We recently observed Easter Week in the Christian world -- a holy and beautiful week, wherein we experience hope given to us by Christ' Resurrection -- even in full knowledge of dreadful reports like this. If we permit a smokescreen to diffuse the realities of our society and do nothing -- at some point we might witness in horror what bellows from an energy plant.
Karen Barrett, Kent
(Editor's Note: It has been reported that the Marion County Board of Commissioners voted to halt a medical waste program after reports surfaced accusing the waste facility of disposing human tissue, including aborted fetuses.)