UPDATE: Infant bodies discovered in Washington, DC, may indicate infanticide after attempted abortions. The pro-life activist reportedly received the corpses of late-term aborted fetuses from a whistleblower at the DC abortion clinic.
Live Action urged DC Police and the Department of Justice to take immediate action and complete a thorough investigation into these potential violations of federal law. "This violence against innocent children has no place in a civilized nation," the pro-life organization wrote, adding "#JusticeForTheFive."
Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action, also posted graphic photos of the infant bodies, "some of whom may have been born alive and then killed."
DC police officers found five aborted fetuses inside the home of pro-life activist Lauren Handy on Wednesday.
Officers responded to a tip about biohazard material being stored at a residence located at the 400 block of 6th Street SE in Capitol Hill. Upon arrival, officers located five aborted fetuses inside the activist's home. The remains were collected by the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, according to WUSA9.
Handy declined to speak on camera to WUSA9 who were first on the scene but told the outlet she expected the raid to happen "sooner or later" and said that "people would freak out when they heard" about the discovery.
On March 30, the FBI arrested and charged nine pro-life activsts under F.A.C.E (The Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act for nonviolent direct action that occurred in 2020. If convicted of the legal charges, each of the defendants could face over 10 years in federal prison. "Prior to the arrest, one of the defendants privately arranged for the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Police homicide unit to pick up five recently discovered late-term aborted babies for forensic examination," repads a press statement from Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising.
"Their late gestational ages as well as their apparent sustained injuries potentially show violations of the Partial Birth Abortion Act as well as the Born Alive Infants Protection Act which are federal crimes," the group alleged in the press release.
On Tuesday, a day before the arrest, attorney Steve Cooley sent a letter to DC Chief Medical Examiner Francisco Diaz and MPD Homicide Captain Carlos Heraud informing them that his client was in possession of alleged late-term aborted fetuses.
"I have been contacted by an entity that very recently came into possession of [omitted] fetuses. The fetuses were provided by a whistleblower whose identity is unknown. It appears that some of the fetuses were a result of late-term abortion(s) or possibly live-birth abortions. The fetuses are presently in Washington, D.C.," he told DC law enforcement.
"The purpose of this communication is to advise appropriate authorities of this situation and request an investigation and forensic examinations be undertaken as required by applicable law," Cooley concluded.
DC Police Executive Assist. Chief of Police Ashan M. Benedict said during a Thursday press conference that the fetuses appeared to have been aborted in accordance with DC law and the only criminality that occurred was "...how they got into that house."
Lauren Handy, along with eight others, were indicted in a separate incident on Wednesday by a federal grand jury stemming from a blockade inside a DC abortion clinic in October 2020. Handy, who is the director of activism at Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising, is accused of felony conspiracy against rights, according to court documents.
The charges include violations of a federal law known as the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, or the FACE Act, which prohibits physically obstructing or using the threat of force to intimidate or interfere with a person seeking reproductive health services.
Benedict said the investigation that led officers to Handy's home was separate from the federal investigation that resulted in her indictment on Wednesday. Handy was arrested by the FBI early Wednesday in connection to the 2020 incident and was released following the indictment.
Founder and executive director of (PAAU) Terrisa Bukovinac said, "We are aware that the Metropolitan Police Department has stated they do not believe a crime has been committed against these babies under D.C. law. However, the laws in question are federal laws enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice."
According to the statement sent to The Post Millennial, the pro-life group indicated that the defendants and whistleblowers that came in possession of the fetuses are connected.
"The whistleblowers who received the fetuses, and the defendants arrested by the FBI, are connected. They will be present at the press conference," the statement said. "A funeral mass and 'naming ceremony' was offered for the deceased babies - with the babies present, in which each child was named."
According to PAAU, the group will address the incident and how they came into possession of the aborted fetuses during a press conference on Tuesday.
On March 9, PAAU reported that Lauren Handy and other members from PAAU gained access to the University of Washington School of Medicine's Birth Defects Research Laboratory where they reportedly found aborted fetuses being stored inside paper bags.
Handy discussed the matter in a March 23 Facebook post and said, "On March 9th myself & fellow activists gained access to University of Washington's fetal organ labs & freezers. We saw bags filled with aborted baby body parts that will be used in experimentations all across the universities in America."
"It was very had to process what we were all seeing," Handy continued. "Shock, anger, disgust and overwhelming sense of acute grief – rows and rows of bags filled with dead babies. For myself it was too much. A complete sensory overload. I wanted to die."
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