Russia Today is reporting on the disturbing story of 248 aborted babies found in a mountain area near the town of Nevyansk. The fetuses ranging in age of 12-16 weeks are believed to be disposed of by a company that handles biological disposal for hospitals in the area.
Elena Mizulina, official for the State Duma committee on Family, Women and Children “believes the fetuses were intended for pharmacological and cosmetological purposes.”
Russian law allows abortion until the 12th week and after only if the mothers life is at risk. Because most of the aborted unborn babies are after the 12th week Mizulina believes they are from illegal abortions.
From the story:
Some believe the fetuses were “leftovers” of a negligent experiment: “I wouldn’t be surprised if at the end it turned out that someone was gathering research material for a dissertation, and then just threw it away in this manner,” said an unidentified doctor in an interview to Gazeta.ru.
Gynecologist Yuliana Abaeva also believes the fetuses may have been intended to serve as the source of vaccines: “It could be an unused abortive material for vaccines or fetal therapy, which is a cell therapy, extremely popular in cosmetology,” she said in an interview to Russian News Service.
Local officials say it is likely the fetuses were being transported for disposal since they are considered Class B biological waste and required by law to be incinerated.