In this news article from the UK, it was reported that more than 15,000 aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated along with other "clinical waste" to heat hospitals. Apparently, this has led to a lot of outrage and policies are being changed to prevent it from happening in the future.
But my question is, why are people outraged? I can understand being outraged about the remains of a person being disrespected so callously. We treat the bodies of our dead with respect because we have respect for their lives. But if the unborn aren't people, as the pro-abortion crowd maintains, why does it matter what you do with their bodies? Why not treat them like any other kind of medical waste? If it's okay to kill the unborn, then surely it must be okay to burn their bodies in a garbage heap.
I think the outrage says a lot about what people really know, deep down, about the personhood of the unborn. People will say that the unborn aren't human. They say that they are just a clump of cells or tissue. But we know better. We don't want their dead bodies treated like other refuse because we know they aren't just trash. This cognitive dissonance - where we rationalize abortion and yet instinctively react to this news with outrage - is very telling.
Here's a thought. If the dead body of an unborn baby is not just ordinary garbage and should be treated with respect, maybe we should consider that the body of a living unborn baby isn't just trash to be discarded either. The truth is, a living unborn baby is a person and should be afforded the same protection and respect that we afford any other living person.