Re: [Histonet] Hospital fetus disposition survey

From:John Kiernan

Dear Tony,

The Australian regulations reflect your country's 
ethical standards, which are probably the highest in
the world when it comes to recognizing human embryos,
human fetuses and demented adults as human beings. 

How do Australian abortionists dispose of their
spoils? In Canada, paid-for abortuses go through
a kitchen-sink garbage masher and then into 
the drains. Abortion is legal in Canada right up 
to 40 weeks, with the intrauterine decapitation 
method. Any Canadian baby can be killed just before
birth at the whim of its mother. The mother must 
not be asked for a reason, but she has to pay
the abortionist's fee. 

John Kiernan
London, Canada
Tony Henwood wrote:
> Cindy,
> The laws in Australia are different to elsewhere but in summery:
> Stillborns greater than 20 weeks need to be buried/cremated.
> Under 20 weeks to be disposed of a/c to families wishes. At our hospital,
> unless otherwise requested, we keep the fetuses for 6 months prior to having
> them cremated by a local crematorium. The ashes are then sprinkled on the
> rose garden at the hospital. The crematorium does this as a big favour and
> we are in their debt. This procedure only applies to those fetuses that have
> had a postmortem. The parents permission is always obtained.
> Hope this helps
> Regards
> Tony Henwood JP, MSc, BAppSc, GradDipSysAnalys, CT(ASC)
> Laboratory Manager & Senior Scientist
> The Children's Hospital at Westmead,
> Locked Bag 4001, Westmead, 2145, AUSTRALIA.
> Tel: 612 9845 3306
> Fax: 612 9845 3318
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> Histonetters,
> We are evaluating our current practices for fetus disposal at our facility
> and would like to know how both Catholic and non-Catholic hospitals handle
> fetus disposition at their facilities. I am interested in practices for
> both fetal loss greater than 20 weeks gestation  AND less than 20 weeks
> gestation (products of conception).
> Please include religious affiliation, if any, of your institution.
> 1.      Are parents given the option to have the hospital handle the
> disposition for the remains at < 20 wks, >20 weeks, or both?
> 2.      If parents opt for hospital disposition, is it handled on-site, or
> contracted by the hospital off-site (with a funeral home)?  If off-site,
> is the patient charged for disposition?
> 3.      Method of disposition? Cremation? Burial? Other?
> 4.      Are remains collected/disposed of separately, or co-mingled with
> other tissues?
> 5.      Is disposal method dictated by State Law? Please include state.
> Any additional information you can give me about your practices would be
> helpful.
> Thank you in advance for your help.
> Cindy
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