340 Fetuses Found in Thailand Temple

Police say they're from illegal abortions
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2010 8:00 AM CST
340 Fetuses Found in Thailand Temple
A frame grab from CNN's video.   (CNN video)

More than 340 fetuses were discovered in a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, the result of an illegal abortion operation, CNN reports. Abortion is illegal in Thailand except in certain cases, so illegal clinics must dispose of fetuses clandestinely. Buddhist temples commonly have morticians that prepare bodies for cremation, so the two groups appear to have made a deal—until a break in the incineration schedule forced the temple to store the corpses. The stench alerted neighbors.

"I think the fetuses were at the temple because the new incinerators are under construction," said one. "So the temple can't receive any dead bodies to cremate for almost two months now. I believe that people who did this must have done it for some time and it was exposed because they can't burn the fetuses and they were accumulated to hundreds and the smell started to tell."
(More fetus stories.)

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