Recently, two pro-life women touched off a storm of reaction when they revealed that they had recovered the bodies of late-term aborted babies from the trash of a Washington, D.C. abortionist.
Mainstream media spun it as a story about a ghoulish anti-abortion activist collecting and storing “fetal remains” –for what morbid purposes, the public was welcome to speculate.
It has turned out instead to be another gruesome, Kermit Gosnell-type abortion atrocity.
But that is not even the whole story. Another aspect involves public authorities–from the D.C. police and medical examiner, to the highly politicized FBI–targeting the pro-life activists while refusing to even investigate the abortionist’s evident violations of federal law.
Pro-life activists Lauren Handy and Terrisa Bukovinac, in an interview on the Catholic site Pillar, give their description of events.
They and their organization, Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), have been focusing on abortionist Cesare Santangelo’s Washington Surgi-Clinic, because they believe that, like Gosnell, he has been performing illegal, late-term partial-birth abortions and allowing babies to die without treatment after being born alive following failed abortions.
In fact, in undercover video from Lila Rose’s Live Action group, Santangelo repeatedly reassures a prospective “client” that if her baby is born alive, his clinic will make no effort to sustain its life–in clear violation of the federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act.
The women tell Pillar they persuaded a waste disposal truck driver picking up boxes from Washington Surgi-Clinic to let them take one of the boxes. Getting a deacon to come to Handy’s apartment, they opened the box and discovered, they say, the remains of 110 tiny infants, but also five much larger, fully formed babies. (Live Action provides graphic photos of these brutalized children, if you have the stomach for it click here.)
They named the babies, arranged for a funeral Mass for all of them and burial of the 110 smaller ones, but wanted a pathologist to examine the older children, to determine if they had been killed illegally.
Unable to get a private pathologist, they had a lawyer contact the D.C. Medical Examiner’s office, asking that D.C. Homicide investigate, and retrieve the bodies for the purpose of autopsies.
They were told the bodies would be picked up that night, but that did not happen.
Instead, the very next morning, Lauren Handy and eight others–including my brother here in New York–were rounded up by the FBI on charges involving a sit-in two years ago at Washington Surgi-Clinic. While Handy was thus in custody–and unable to give her side of the story about the dead babies–D.C. police showed up in force to retrieve the bodies, attracting media and enabling the false narrative of ghoulish pro-life fetus collectors to be spun unchallenged.
Does this seem like coincidence? Hardly.
My brother explained to me that when he, Handy, and seven others sat in at Santangelo’s abortion mill two years ago, in an effort to rescue babies from imminent death, they were arrested by local authorities and charged accordingly. FBI agents questioned them at the time, but no federal charges were forthcoming.
That all changed when Handy notified authorities about the evidence she had now found–in the form of fully developed babies thrown in the trash–implicating Santangelo in possible criminal violations of federal law.
Rather than investigate those possible federal crimes, the FBI suddenly leaped into action to add federal charges to the two-year-old case against the pro-lifers–now charging them with violations of the FACE Act (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances), the 1994 law designed to equate peaceful pro-life civil disobedience with acts of violence, in order to impose harsher sentences on peaceful, prayerful pro-life rescuers.
While helping local authorities downplay evidence of an abortionist’s brutal crimes against innocent children (the D.C. police and medical examiner quickly dismissed any need for autopsies or criminal investigation) the Feds treat a peaceful, prayerful pro-life sit-in, from two years ago, as though it is the crime of the century–my brother tells me FBI agents were poised with a battering ram, ready to smash their way into his house when he answered his door, and Bukovinac told Pillar agents reportedly had guns drawn when they entered the homes of some of the other rescuers.
This is the same politicized FBI that is under intense scrutiny by Special Counsel John Durham for its involvement in what proved to be the hoax of Russia-Trump collusion; the same FBI whose attempt to entrap defendants with its own contrived kidnapping plot of Michigan’s governor has now fallen apart in court.
Regardless of one’s political leanings, we should all be profoundly disturbed when an agency with the sweeping national police powers of the FBI abuses those powers in service to a partisan political agenda–looking the other way when federal laws are broken by those it sympathizes with, while weaponizing such laws, and even suborning criminal behavior, to persecute those whose views it doesn’t like.
There are two levels of scandal here.
There is the Gosnell-like brutality, and possible criminality, of Santangelo’s late-term abortion business.
And there is the refusal of authorities, local and federal, to investigate that alleged criminality–topped off by the FBI instead targeting the peaceful pro-life protesters who brought Santangelo’s possible crimes to light.