We are witnessing political persecution in Washington, DC of those brave enough to speak the truth.
Peaceful pro-lifers are facing the potential of 11 years in prison, in part because they exposed illegal activities taking place under the noses of DC officials.
In the face of overwhelming evidence, instead of seeking justice, the angered officials launched an investigation against the messenger. And a biased judge piled on in a court of law.
Lauren Handy and other pro-lifers were a peaceful presence outside Washington Surgi-Clinic, a late-term abortion facility in Washington, DC run by notorious abortionist Cesare Santangelo. As they stood there a young man began loading large boxes onto a truck so they asked if they could have one. To their surprise he said yes.
What they later found inside horrified them. Included with the many bodies were five babies killed by brutal late-term abortions. Their corpses showed the undeniable evidence that they were killed by partial-birth abortion, a horrific procedure that kills a baby during delivery. Viewed as such a heinous act, it was banned by federal legislation.
The pro-lifers photographed the bodies and turned them over to police.
Santangelo, nicknamed “The Butcher of DC,” had been caught on undercover video stating he would allow any aborted baby born alive to die. Further, he was accused of selling the remains of the babies he killed to an energy company.
After the revelation of the five babies, there was no inquiry by DC officials into the abortionist or his abortion center. Instead, they launched an investigation suggesting Lauren altered the babies’ bodies to give the appearance Santangelo violated federal law in the process of killing them.
The persecution didn’t end there. Charges were filed against Lauren and other pro-lifers for peacefully staging a sit-in at the notorious abortion center. They were accused of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.
During the trial Lauren and her fellow defendants wanted to show the jury why they were at the center by displaying images of the five aborted babies.
Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly demonstrated her heavy-handed pro-abortion bias by denying the jury the opportunity to see the images. Judge Kollar-Kotelly admitted the abortions were “undoubtedly unlawful under state and federal law” but decreed the pictures were “incendiary” and not “relevant to this case.”
The peaceful pro-lifers were convicted and face a possible sentence of 11 years in prison.
This, said US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), is an example of weaponizing major branches of the government against its political foes. “At least 88 crisis pregnancy centers have been firebombed, vandalized, or set ablaze in the wake of the Dobbs Decision,” Cruz said. He further labeled the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) response to this violence as “anemic,” noting that combined, the DOJ and FBI have prosecuted only “one FACE Act case against these criminals.”
Senator Cruz accused the DOJ of “aggressively targeting Handy since she and others blew the whistle on [abortionist Santangelo]…who was engaging in illegal, late-term abortions.”
Our nation is beginning to take on the appearance of dictatorial third-world countries that create a class of political prisoners who dare challenge the powers that be.
President, Life Issues Institute
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