DC Police Investigating Abortionist, Foggy Bottom Clinic

The Metropolitan Police Division confirmed to The Each day Sign on Tuesday that the division is presently investigating Cesare Santangelo and his Foggy Backside abortion clinic.

The affirmation follows information {that a} D.C. jury has convicted 5 pro-life activists of violating the Freedom of Entry to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act after they sought to forestall the deaths of unborn infants by blocking girls from accessing a D.C. abortion clinic in 2020.

One in every of these activists, Lauren Useful with the Progressive Anti-Abortion Rebellion, has mentioned that she was motivated to cease abortions from occurring contained in the clinic after she considered an undercover video printed by the pro-life group Reside Motion, which allegedly confirmed Santangelo discussing how he would permit infants to die in the event that they have been unintentionally delivered throughout abortions.

When the Reside Motion investigator requested Santangelo whether or not the infant may “transfer” if “it” have been born alive, the abortionist allegedly informed her, “That’s why I try to sever the umbilical wire first, and we look ahead to that to cease pulsing, and this manner the fetus is expired first, so it doesn’t.”

“Has it ever survived?” the Reside Motion investigator requested. Santangelo responded, “No, not right here.” He added: “Normally at this level in your being pregnant, it’s too early to outlive. Normally, it would expire shortly after start.”

“But when it did, what would occur?” the investigator requested him. “Would I’ve to take it residence, or like —”

“I imply technically, legally, we might be obligated to assist it, you recognize, to outlive,” he informed her, in response to the video. “However you recognize, it in all probability wouldn’t. It’s all in how vigorously you do issues to assist a fetus survive at this level.”

“When you might have a being pregnant that’s 23, 24 weeks … should you do the whole lot doable to assist it survive, there’s a possibly a 20%-30% probability that it will survive,” he mentioned. “When you don’t do something then, you recognize, the possibilities are a lot, a lot much less.”

He added that “there are issues you are able to do” to ensure the infant doesn’t survive.

“Clearly, you’re right here for a sure process, and in case your being pregnant have been — let’s say you went into labor, the membranes ruptured, and also you delivered earlier than we acquired to the termination of the process right here,” he continued. “Then we might do issues. We’d not assist it.”

“We wouldn’t intubate, let’s say,” Santangelo defined, including that he “wouldn’t do any additional” to assist the dying child and evaluating letting the infant die to letting a terminally unwell particular person die. “Like a ‘don’t resuscitate’ order.”

If the mom have been in a Virginia hospital and went into labor, medical professionals would do the whole lot doable to assist her child survive, Santangelo mentioned. “We wouldn’t right here,” he mentioned.

“That’s occurred earlier than,” Santangelo added, in response to the video. “We’ve had sufferers that, you recognize, on the second day of the laminaria, they acquired some contractions, they usually panicked, they usually have been in Virginia on the hospital. They went to the hospital, as a result of they’d some ache, as an alternative of calling me.”

“And the hospital helped them to ship,” he added. “Which was the stupidest factor they may have finished … they usually did the whole lot they [inaudible] have finished, which was assist them to ship.”

Santangelo’s abortion clinic, Washington Surgi-Clinic, has been round since 1973 and aborts unborn infants “up till 26 weeks of being pregnant,” according to the clinic’s site. 

In March 2022, Useful and her colleague Terrisa Bukovinac discovered the bodies of five preemie-sized aborted babies’ bodies in a field of fetal stays exterior the Foggy Backside-based abortion facility. That field additionally contained over 100 pulverized stays of first-trimester infants, they mentioned.

The District doesn’t have any legal guidelines that regulate how late throughout being pregnant a child could be aborted. When the infants’ our bodies have been initially dropped at mild, D.C. police initially shrugged off the matter. 

Ashan Benedict, the MPD’s government assistant chief of police, went as far as to inform reporters in April 2022 that the infants appeared to have been aborted “in accordance with D.C. regulation.” 

Police have repeatedly informed The Each day Sign since then that the case continues to be “beneath investigation.” Authorities is not going to share whether or not autopsies have been carried out on the infants’ stays. The MPD confirmed in early August that the investigation continues to be open.

However it was not till this week that MPD confirmed to The Each day Sign that Santangelo himself, and his clinic, are beneath investigation.

The mayor’s workplace has utterly stonewalled questions concerning the infants. Even the workplace of the chief health worker for the District of Columbia directs queries to the mayor’s workplace—particularly, to Dora Taylor-Lowe, who refuses to reply The Each day Sign’s requests for remark. 

It stays unclear whether or not autopsies have been carried out on the our bodies of the 5 infants, whose our bodies have been photographed by Bukovinac. (Warning: These images are graphic and disturbing.) Some pro-lifers worry that the town could have gotten rid of them. 

But, though Mayor Muriel Bowser refuses to deal with the likelihood that Santangelo was criminally aborting late-term infants within the nation’s capital, she did accuse Useful of “tampering with fetal stays” in an April 2022 letter to Republican lawmakers highlighting that Useful herself confronted FACE Act fees for blocking the doorway to a D.C. abortion clinic in October 2020.

Useful’s involvement within the discovery of the infants, in addition to her participation within the October 2020 “blockade,” in response to Bowser, are doubtlessly “severe violations of federal regulation.”

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