One year ago, pro-life advocates Terrisa Bukovinac and Lauren Handy made a horrific discovery when they opened boxes of medical waste from a late-term abortion facility in Washington, D.C.
Inside were the bodies of 115 aborted babies, including five who appeared to be nearly full term and possibly victims of illegal partial-birth abortions or infanticide.
However, D.C. officials seemingly have done nothing to investigate the horrific discovery in the past 12 months, despite repeated calls from U.S. Congressional leaders and pro-life advocates. Undercover investigations exposing other unethical and potentially illegal activity by abortionist Cesare Santangelo and his Washington Surgi-Clinic appear to have gone ignored as well.
On Tuesday, Bukovinac and Handy organized a press conference and protest outside the D.C. Board of Medicine to demand action from city officials.
“The DC Board of Medicine is conspiring with Mayor Bowser and the DCPD to cover up the gross medical misconduct of a killer in order to protect their own political careers. This is the opposite of leadership and justice,” said Bukovinac, the founder and executive director of Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU).
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The city Medical Examiner has had the five aborted babies’ remains for months, and Bukovinac said authorities agreed to allow a private pathologist to examine them, according to the Christian Post.
But she told the Christian Post that the examination “would just be the beginning,” and expressed concerns that pro-abortion politicians and activists will try to “silence” pro-lifers and “obfuscate the truth.”
In March of 2022, Bukovinac and Handy found the bodies of the five late-term aborted babies and more than 100 first-trimester aborted babies in boxes that they received from a truck driver who was collecting medical waste from Santangelo’s abortion facility.
Right after the horrific discovery, Handy said the babies appeared to be “so advanced in their gestational age and the patterns in their wounds suggest violent federal crimes,” potentially partial-birth abortions or infanticide.
Washington, D.C. allows unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth, and the Washington Surgi-Clinic advertises abortions at “27 plus weeks of pregnancy,” which is long past the point when babies are viable outside the womb.
Years ago in an undercover investigation by Live Action, Santangelo admitted that he “probably wouldn’t” help a baby who survives an abortion even though “legally we would be obligated to help.” He later backtracked on that statement in an interview with the Washington Post.
Then, in 2022, another undercover investigation found his abortion facility requires patients to strip to the waist and take mind-altering medication before meeting with the abortionist to obtain their consent for an abortion.
Speaking Tuesday at the press conference, Kristen Turner, executive director of Pro-Life San Francisco and PAAU communications director, said city authorities should revoke Santangelo’s license to dispense medicine because of what that investigation found.
“If the D.C. Board of Medicine does not revoke [Santangelo’s] license to dispense medication, the blood will be on their hands,” she said, later telling the Christian Post: “If you claim to care about women, if you claim to care about their health, even if you’re pro-choice, you should know that what’s happening here is wrong. It’s not OK. It’s violence, and the D.C. Board of Medicine needs to revoke his ability to dispense medication.”
Santangelo is accused of injuring and killing pregnant women, too.
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Bukovinac said Santangelo has been “embroiled” in lawsuits, accusing the abortionist of being responsible for the death of at least one female patient. She also stated that three of the five full-term babies she and Handy recovered “appear to be victims of violent federal crimes.”
Bukovinac likened Santangelo to Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist found responsible for the deaths of one woman and multiple infants born-alive at an unsanitary facility he operated for years. The abortionists’ crimes were uncovered by accident in 2010 during an unrelated drug raid.
“How long are we going to go without justice?” Bukovinac asked.
Last year, dozens of U.S. Congressional leaders joined pro-life advocates in demanding a federal investigation into Santangelo’s practice. However, some expressed doubts that the U.S. Department of Justice will do anything because pro-abortion Democrat officials with the Biden administration lead the agency.
Bukovinac said they are not giving up the fight because babies and mothers deserve better.
“We will not give up until Santangelo is held to account and the people facing pregnancy decisions in D.C. are no longer prey to criminals like him,” Bukovinac said.