DETROIT, October 27, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - An abortion mill director has been caught on video admitting to unethically disposing of aborted infants' remains in the garbage disposal, and joking about it. She also contemplated lighting a secret bonfire with fetal remains.
In undercover footage captured by the Center for Medical Progress, Renee Chelian, founder and executive director of Northland Family Planning Centers in Detroit, Michigan, is shown at a 2014 National Abortion Federation conference in San Francisco discussing her dilemma of having an overstock of aborted infants' remains.
Complaining about the dearth of medical waste vendors willing to do business with abortion providers, Chelian said, "No one wants to talk about dead bodies," quickly adding, "No one but me." The audience erupted in laughter at this quip.
"There was a point when ... I had five months' worth of fetal tissue in freezers, and we were renting freezers to put them in. It was all I thought about," she continued.
"I was so consumed with fetal tissue, I was ready to drive to northern Michigan and have a bonfire. I was just trying to find out how I wouldn't get stopped, or how far into the woods I would have to go to have this fire that nobody was going to see me."
She then admitted that she had 20 bottles of aborted infants' remains dumped into her garbage disposal.
The garbage disposal was an option. There was a point that I actually hired someone from another clinic to come in and take 20 bottles and put it into my garbage disposal. And then I had to 'fess up to my staff that I did the thing I had been criticizing all these other clinics for doing — but I didn't know what else to do.
She went on, "I want you to laugh about this. It's funny — I mean, it's funny in a really sick way."
After more laughter from the crowd, she continued, "Oh, we've got a whole bunch of material for that comedian this morning, if we ever think that it's appropriate to talk about dead bodies."
Although current Michigan law strictly prohibits disposal of fetal remains in any way other than proper burial or cremation, previous law was lax, and dumping aborted infants into the garbage disposal was a common practice in Michigan abortuaries.
Partially in response to these lax standards, Act no. 499, also known as the "Fetal Remains Act," was signed into law on December 28, 2012, and states:
Sec. 2836. (1) All fetal remains resulting from abortions shall be disposed of by interment or cremation as those terms are defined in section 2 of the cemetery regulation act ... or by incineration by a person other than a cemetery registered under the cemetery regulation act ... .
Waste dumped in the garbage disposal is sent into the city's sewer system, where sewage water is then taken to the wastewater treatment plant to be disinfected and recycled. Thus, Chelian and other abortion mills were actually sending crushed babies' body parts into the city's water system — not only unethical, but a health hazard.
Stericycle, the controversial medical waste company, is now doing business with Northland Family Planning Centers. A campaign called StopStericycle.com, established to protest the company's incineration of aborted infants, has highlighted illegal behavior by the company, including evidence that Stericycle unlawfully dumped the victims of House of Horrors abortionist Kermit Gosnell into a municipal landfill. The campaign also highlights the enormous profit made by Stericycle's partnership with abortion mills.
The video itself was among footage blocked by court order in ongoing litigation between the National Abortion Federation and the Center for Medical Progress. It was reportedly obtained by a hacker from congressional staffers (whom the court authorized to view the material) and aired on GotNews.com last week. Although the National Abortion Federation has sent GotNews.com a demand letter ordering that they take down the videos, the media outfit is refusing to comply.