Death in Bangkok

Opposition to Abortion Is Not Just a Judeo-Christian Thing

In mid-November the neighbors of the Phai Ngern Chotanaram Buddhist temple in Bangkok complained that a foul odor was coming from the temple grounds. The police investigated and found the remains of 2,002 aborted fetuses in a mortuary reeking of decay and disinfectant. The two attendants were arrested.

It turned out that some of Bangkok's numerous abortion mills had been sending little corpses to the temple so that they could be cremated secretly along with big adult corpses. But about a year ago the crematorium broke down. Plastic bags with the fetuses kept arriving anyway, so the undertakers kept packing them tightly into the fetid vaults.

The monks knew little about what went on in...

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #16, Spring 2011 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |


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