DC police backtrack, will investigate pro-lifers instead of notorious abortionist

Update 9/1/23: The Metropolitan Police Department backtracked on Thursday, according to The Daily Signal, saying it is not investigating notorious late-term abortionist Cesare Santangelo and his Washington Surgi-Clinic, but pro-lifers instead.

On Tuesday, the DC police department said it was investigating Santangelo regarding the five victims of late-term abortion who had been discovered in medical waste from his facility in 2022. Evidence suggested that these children could have been born alive and then died by infanticide, or could have been killed using the federally banned D&X, or “partial-birth” abortion procedure. Both of which could have been the cause of an investigation.


But on Thursday evening, the police department told The Daily Signal that is not investigating Santangelo, calling his abortion business a “medical provider.” Instead, it appears the department is investigating the process by which pro-lifers found the babies.

“For clarification, the Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of five fetuses in a residence,” Public Information Officer Hugh Carew said.

“This case remains under investigation,” he added. “At this time, there is no investigation into the medical provider.”

8/30/23: The Washington D.C. Surgi-Center, the business of late-term abortionist Cesare Santangelo, is reportedly being investigated by local police.

The Daily Signal reported that the Metropolitan Police Department confirmed to them in a statement this week that they are investigating Santangelo’s facility. No other information about the investigation — such as what Santangelo is being investigated for — appears to have been given.

Five pro-life activists — Herb Geraghty, Will Goodman, Lauren Handy, John Hinshaw, and Heather Idoni — were recently found guilty of violating the FACE Act, after a rescue action at the Washington Surgi-Clinic in Washington, D.C., on October 22, 2020. One of the people found guilty, Lauren Handy, was also present for the discovery of the bodies of over 100 aborted children, five of whom were victims of late-term abortions. Evidence suggested that some of these children may have been born alive and then killed, or may have been killed in a D&X, or “partial-birth” abortion procedure, which is federally illegal.

Most of the children were buried in a funeral Mass, although the bodies of the five older children were given to the D.C. Medical Examiner’s Office for forensic investigation. At the one-year anniversary of the discovery of the bodies, the Metropolitan Police Department was criticized for seemingly taking no action to investigate any potential crimes.

Santangelo was also previously the subject of a Live Action undercover investigation; on video, he said that his favorite abortion method was to cut the umbilical cord and wait for the child to die by cardiac arrest. Additionally, Santangelo told Live Action investigators that he would not give medical care to a baby who survived an attempted abortion.


“Technically – you know, legally we would be obligated to help it, you know, to survive,” he said. “But, you know, it probably wouldn’t. It’s all in how vigorously you do things to help a fetus survive at this point. Let’s say you went into labor, the membranes ruptured, and you delivered before we got to the termination part of the procedure here, you know? Then we… would not help it. We wouldn’t intubate. It would be, you know, uh, a person, a terminal person in the hospital, let’s say, that had cancer, you know? You wouldn’t do any extra procedures to help that person survive. Like ‘do not resuscitate’ orders. We would do the same things here.”

He further added that hospitals who try to save an abortion survivor are doing “the stupidest thing they could have done.”

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