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WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) — Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and city officials have still failed to respond to requests to launch an investigation into the deaths of the five brutally murdered late-term babies discovered by pro-life activists late last month outside a notorious downtown abortion facility.

The silence from top D.C. officials comes in spite of continued media inquiries and requests from Republican lawmakers and pro-life advocates, who have demanded that authorities look into whether D.C. abortionist Cesare Santangelo violated federal law by killing the viable infants via illegal partial-birth abortions or infanticide.

RELATED: ‘Murders were committed’: Pro-lifers demand justice for five late-term aborted babies found in DC

Mallory Carroll, vice president of communications at the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, told the Daily Wire in a statement that she believes it’s “unconscionable that D.C. authorities refuse to investigate the gruesome deaths of five late-term aborted babies discovered in our nation’s capital.”

“Their deaths, which have garnered national media attention, may well have involved the commission of federal crimes,” Carroll added. “Conducting an immediate, thorough autopsy is the least we can do to honor these children and the law.”

To date, the Metropolitan Police of D.C. have refused to pursue a criminal investigation, instead declaring that the babies’ deaths were the result of lawful abortions. Officials have stated that they will not pursue autopsies of the infants.

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The Surgi-Center, a Washington, D.C. abortion clinic infamous for offering late, second trimester abortions, and its owner, abortionist Cesare Santangelo, are at the center of a scandal involving possible violations of federal laws against partial-birth abortion and infanticide.

In an exclusive video interview with LifeSiteNews, Lauren Handy, the director of activism at Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), told LifeSiteNew's Editor-in-Chief, John-Henry Westen that, with the help of a whistleblower, her organization rescued and properly buried the remains of about one hundred aborted babies from Santangelo's Surgi-Center.

But, five of the deceased babies were so large and so developed that they suspected the Surgi-Center of engaging in the illegal practices of partial-birth abortion or infanticide (i.e., killing the child after birth) à la Kermit Gosnell.

The shocked pro-lifers then gave the aborted babies to the police and brought the matter to the attention of the D.C. Medical Examiner's office. But, the Medical Examiner's office has refused to take any action, saying they will not perform autopsies on the babies.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to the Department of Justice, asking them to launch an investigation into alleged violations of federal law by Santangelo and the D.C. Surgi-Center, under either the Partial Birth Abortion Act (2003) or the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (2002). *Anyone - no matter where you reside - can sign this petition!

Unfortunately, the story doesn't end there.

Handy and eight of her fellow pro-life rescuers in PAAU are, themselves, now facing jail-time after being arrested by the FBI for conducting a traditional pro-life sit-in in October, 2020, at the very same abortion center from which the late-term deceased babies (mentioned above) were rescued.

Please note that the two events - the pro-life rescue in 2020 and the gruesome discovery of the five near-to-full-term babies in the Surgi-Center's "bio-medical waste" earlier this year - are almost one-and-a-half years apart.

Thus, Handy believes that their recent arrest is no coincidence...and, moreover, that the FBI is being used to create a smokescreen by arresting her and the other pro-lifers.

At the same time, the D.C. Medical Examiner's office does not seem interested in discovering the truth about the deaths of the five aborted babies and possible illegal partial-birth abortions or infanticide happening at the D.C. Surgi-Center.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to the Department of Justice, asking them to launch an investigation into alleged violations of federal law by Santangelo and the D.C. Surgi-Center, under either the Partial Birth Abortion Act (2003) or the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (2002).

The DOJ press release claims that the pro-lifers: "engaged in a conspiracy to create a blockade at the reproductive health care clinic to prevent the clinic from providing, and patients from receiving, reproductive health services."

But, commenting on the arrest, Lauren Handy stated: "Media reports have stated that we ‘invaded’ the abortion center and ‘disrupted’ women from exercising their ‘reproductive rights’. No, that is not what we did."

"We entered the clinic and sought to love the women who were already there for their abortion procedures," Handy said. "We tried to offer them help so they would choose life. We non-violently defended the unborn who were about to be exterminated – the innocent, the most vulnerable, killed in horrific acts of violence and treated as so much trash."

Tireless pro-life activist Dr. Monica Miller, the director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and leader of Red Rose Rescue, told LifeSiteNews that "this is the first time any of them are facing federal charges. That the rescuers were hunted down by FBI agents is unprecedented in the history of pro-life activism."

All of this...possibly...for discovering five near-or-at-term aborted babies at Cesare Santangelo's D.C. Surgi-Center, and for seeking to give justice and dignity to the murdered babies.

The truth now needs to come out!

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to the Department of Justice, asking them to launch an investigation into alleged violations of federal law by Santangelo and the D.C. Surgi-Center, under either the Partial Birth Abortion Act (2003) or the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (2002).

Thank you for SIGNING and SHARING this urgent petition!

To contribute to the legal defense of Lauren Handy and the other eight members of PAAU, please CLICK on the following link to find out more about their LifeFunder campaign (also operated by LifeSiteNews): https://www.lifefunder.com/victims

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Pro-life hero raided by FBI speaks about the aborted babies she was trying to honor' - https://rumble.com/vzsslx-exclusive-pro-life-hero-raided-by-fbi-speaks-about-the-aborted-babies-she-w.html

'Pro-lifers arrested in FBI raids, face 11 years in prison for blocking access to late-term abortion mill' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pro-lifers-raided-charged-and-face-11-years-in-jail-for-blocking-access-to-infamous-dc-abortion-mill/

'BREAKING: Video surfaces of FBI raid, arrest of nonviolent pro-life activists' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-video-surfaces-of-biden-fbi-raid-arrest-of-nonviolent-pro-life-activists/

'Court Docs reveal previously unknown patient death due to negligence at late-term abortion facility' - https://www.operationrescue.org/archives/court-docs-reveal-previously-unknown-patient-death-due-to-negligence-at-late-term-abortion-facility/

**Photo Credit: YouTube screenshot of pro-lifers protesting outside the Surgi-Center abortion facility, in Washington, D.C.

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Those demanding “Justice for the Five” have called on local municipal authorities as well as federal agencies to investigate the babies’ brutal deaths.

On April 5, 23 Republican congressmen signed on to a letter addressed to Mayor Bowser and D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee III asking for a full investigation into the matter.

Just three days later, 69 lawmakers, including 23 senators and 46 representatives, addressed a letter to the Biden administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ), headed by Attorney General Merrick Garland, to demand that the FBI and DOJ “conduct a comprehensive investigation on the circumstances surrounding the deaths of each preborn baby.”

The same day, pro-life advocates from several groups rallied outside the D.C. medical examiner’s office to demand justice for the aborted children.

Catholic University professor Michael New told LifeSiteNews during the rally that this is “the first time in a long time we really do have evidence of criminal misconduct on the part of the abortion industry.”

According to New, there is reason to believe that at least one of the babies was the victim of a partial-birth abortion and some may have been killed after they were born, in violation of federal law.

However, Mayor Bowser and D.C. authorities have continued to stonewall lawmakers and pro-lifers despite continued pleas for authorities to at least investigate the gruesome deaths of the infants.

On Friday, in response to a request from Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma to investigate the babies’ deaths, Bowser instead chose to rebuke pro-life activist Lauren Handy — in whose home the remains of the five babies were found — while declining to direct authorities to look into how the babies died.

According to Bowser, Handy is guilty of “extremist anti-abortion activity” for her involvement in an October 2020 “traditional rescue” in which she and eight other pro-lifers blocked access to an abortion facility. Last month, the FBI raided Handy’s home and arrested her for “federal civil rights offenses” connected with the 2020 rescue.

RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Pro-life hero raided by FBI speaks about the aborted babies she was trying to honor

While refusing to investigate the horrific deaths of the murdered infants, the D.C. mayor argued that Handy’s involvement in recovering the bodies of the aborted babies, along with blocking the abortion facility two years ago, are “potentially serious violations of federal law.”

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