Bowser referred all questions regarding the indictment of Handy “for extremist anti-abortion activity” in D.C. in 2020 and “her claim of responsibility for tampering with fetal remains as reported last week” to the Department of Justice.
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“The above referenced indictment and Ms. Handy’s claim of responsibility for March 30, 2022, and the MPD’s discoveries are, potentially, serious violations of federal law,” she said.
The April 5 letter that Republican lawmakers addressed to Bowser and MPD Chief Robert J. Contee III did not reference Handy’s indictment, however. Attorney General Merrick Garland also received a copy.
“These five children, like all children, have inherent value and deserved better than abortion – they deserved life,” the letter spearheaded by Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) read. “But at a minimum, they deserve to have their deaths investigated to ensure that no D.C. or federal laws were broken.”
The lawmakers concluded with seven questions that they originally asked Bowser and Contee to answer by April 6. Among other things, they asked for autopsies and proper burials for the five babies of later gestation.
In response, Bukovinac told CNA: “Mayor Bowser’s virtue signaling to pro-abortion extremists is just pathetic political postioning at the expense of justice for these babies. Lauren and I are incredibly grateful to Senator Lankford for standing by Santangelo’s victims.”