‘Justice for the Five’: After more than 40 days, Metro PD has taken no action on aborted children

It has been 43 days since the Metropolitan Police Department has obtained the bodies of five aborted children in Washington, D.C., whom experts have said were far enough along in gestational age to have been able to survive outside of the womb. There have been no statements or updates from D.C. authorities as to any investigation taking place; seemingly, Santangelo’s potential crimes have been swept under the rug, and the atrocities committed upon these children ignored.

Over 100 children discovered, five handed over to police

In late March, pro-life activists from the Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU) discovered evidence of potential illegal late-term abortions and infanticide taking place at Washington Surgi-Center in Washington, D.C., the business of abortionist Cesare Santangelo. After recovering over 100 preborn children, including five who were victims of late-term abortions, the majority of the bodies were given a respectful burial and funeral Mass.

The rest were taken by the Metropolitan Police Department, ostensibly for investigation purposes, on March 30. But after more than 40 days have passed, it seems no action taken to investigate the deaths of these five children, some of whom appear to have been victims of illegal late-term abortions.

Victims of potential illegal abortions and infanticide

On March 25, PAAU Founder and Executive Director Terrisa Bukovinac and PAAU Director of Activism Lauren Handy went to Washington Surgi-Center to engage in pro-life advocacy. Instead, they were confronted with boxes being wheeled out of the facility, marked with biohazard symbols, and loaded into a Curtis Bay Medical Waste Services truck. In a press conference, Handy and Bukovinac said the driver gave them permission to take one of the boxes, which they took to Handy’s apartment.

There, with a Catholic deacon present, Bukovinac and Handy say they opened the boxes, finding the bodies of the babies inside. All of the children were given names; one, named Harriet, was an intact baby girl who showed signs of being the victim of an illegal partial-birth abortion. Other intact children showed signs of possibly being the victims of infanticide. While speaking to a Live Action undercover investigator, Santangelo said his preferred late-term abortion method was to cut the umbilical cord and wait for the child to die by cardiac arrest.

If a child were to survive an abortion, Santangelo admitted that he and his staff “would not help it” survive.


In the press conference, Bukovinac and Handy said they contacted the homicide unit of the Metropolitan Police Department to arrange for the bodies of the five late-term abortion victims to be picked up, so they could undergo forensic examination. A letter from attorney Steve Cooley to the Chief Medical Examiner, Francisco Diaz, and Police Captain Carlos Heraud of the Investigative Services Bureau Homicide Branch, stated, “I have been contacted by an entity that very recently came into possession of … fetuses. […] It appears some of the fetuses were a result of late-term abortion(s) or possibly live birth abortions.”

But on March 30th, Handy and eight other pro-life activists were arrested by the FBI for an incident unrelated to the discovery of the aborted children. The activists were accused of violating the Federal Civil Rights Conspiracy and Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE Act), in regards to pro-life activism that took place in October of 2020, in Washington, D.C.; hours later, police finally came to Handy’s apartment and recovered the bodies of the the aborted children.

The question remains: is the Metropolitan Police Department going to take action to ensure justice for these five children? Or is abortion so politically powerful that even the crime of potential illegal abortions and infanticide can be covered up?

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