Abortionist Accused of Illegal Procedures Escapes Criminal Investigation
D.C. police confirmed that abortionist Cesare Santangelo, who is suspected of performing illegal partial-birth abortions, will not face a criminal investigation. This decision comes in the same week that peaceful pro-life activists, who protested at Santangelo’s abortion facility, were found guilty in federal court and now face imprisonment.
According to the Daily Signal, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department stated that they are not actively investigating Santangelo, despite accusations made by pro-life activists. The Federalist also reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for comment, but they declined to answer.
The accusations stem from pro-life activists Lauren Handy and Terrisa Bukovinac, who obtained a box of five preemie-sized babies outside Santangelo’s practice, the Washington Surgi-Clinic, in March 2022. The babies, known as “The Five,” were the result of gruesome abortions performed by Santangelo.
Meanwhile, five pro-life activists, including Handy, were found guilty of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act for their participation in a peaceful protest at the Washington Surgi-Clinic in October 2020. They now face up to 11 years in federal prison, supervised release, and hefty fines.
Lawyers from the Thomas More Society, representing Handy and the other activists, argue that the protest was nonviolent and involved activities such as prayer, distributing pro-life literature, and offering counseling to women considering abortion.
Initially, the Metropolitan Police Department indicated that they were investigating Santangelo and his clinic in relation to the discovery of the aborted babies and the allegations of illegal procedures. However, they later clarified that the investigation only pertains to the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the fetuses, not the medical provider.
“For clarification, the Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of five fetuses in a residence,” said Public Information Officer Hugh Carew. ”At this time, there is no investigation into the medical provider.”
These statements suggest that Handy and Bukovinac are the ones under scrutiny by local authorities, rather than the abortionist. Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has also accused Handy of tampering with fetal remains.
Over a year later, it remains unknown whether autopsies were performed on the bodies of the five babies. The district medical examiner’s office, as well as the mayor’s office, have refused to provide any answers.
Bukovinac is the founder and Handy is a member of Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), a pro-life organization with left-wing views on other issues. PAAU has previously been targeted by the FBI.
In May, FBI agents visited the mother of PAAU activist Elise Ketch without providing a reason for their inquiry. Bukovinac believes that the FBI is targeting PAAU members because their activism challenges the abortion industry.
Thomas More Society senior counsel Martin Cannon intends to appeal the court’s decision, stating that they will continue to defend those who fight for life against a Department of Justice that seems determined to prosecute those who oppose abortion.
PAAU responded to the guilty verdicts on Instagram, stating, “This case was an effort by the US government to isolate and intimidate Rescuers and anti-abortion people into believing they will face significant jail time for living in alignment with their pro-life values.”
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