Thailand has been shocked at the discovery of two thousand aborted foetuses in a Bangkok Buddhist temple. The tiny bodies were each wrapped in plastic, and the gruesome find comes a day after 348 other foetuses were found in another part of the temple. The complex has a crematorium, and police believe illegal abortion clinics are to blame.
“We are checking whether it’s possible for the five or six suspected clinics to have dumped this many foetuses,” said police Colonel Sombat Milinthachinda. “If not, we will find out who else could have done this.”
Two temple staff have been charged with hiding the remains, and a woman arrested after confessing to running an illegal clinic. Abortion is permissible in Thailand only if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, or if the mother’s health is at risk.