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WASHINGTON D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic funeral Mass has been held for the five “extremely late-term” aborted children discovered by pro-life activists in Washington, D.C., who are thought to have been “viable” when they were killed.

On Friday March 25, pro-life activists and veteran “rescuers” Lauren Handy and Terissa Bukanovic retrieved boxes from a delivery driver, who was removing them from the notorious Washington Surgi-Clinic.

When Handy and Bukanovic told the driver what the boxes likely contained, namely human remains from the clinic run by infamous abortionist Cesare F. Santangelo, who has a history of medical malpractice, and that they would conduct funerals for the babies, the driver let them carry the boxes away. 

Upon opening the containers, the rescuers discovered “over 115 aborted children,” including five aborted children who were “extremely late term” and appeared to be “viable, premature people.” They opened the boxes in the presence of a Catholic deacon.

News of these five children was then made public when Handy was arrested, along with 7 other pro-lifers March 31, in relation to an October 2020 “traditional rescue” at the D.C. Surgi-Clinic. The FBI charged Handy and her fellow October 2020 rescuers with “conspiracy against rights” and “FACE Act offenses.” The arrest was unrelated to the March 25, 2022 retrieval of the 100+ babies.

Bukanovic told LifeSite’s John-Henry Westen in an extended interview that, prior to Handy’s arrest, on March 28, a priest came and offered a funeral Mass for unbaptized children in front of the refrigerator where Handy and Bukanovic were storing the babies.

The pair acted with “the utmost urgency,” both in organizing examinations by pathologists and in arranging for the funeral to take place. 

The priest himself, who wishes to remain anonymous, told LifeSite that “kitchen table was used as an altar and the mortal remains of the preborn children were in the refrigerator next to the altar. There were fresh flowers present and a candle was on top of the refrigerator containing the tiny bodies.”

The priest added how “there was a sense of deep mourning, and there were profound tears during Mass.” Despite the surroundings, the cleric observed that “the reverence in that room was as great as any I have experienced.”

The priest further told LifeSite that “at the Prayer of the Faithful, the babies were each prayed for by name in a most solemn way. One of the rescuers read the names each baby was given by them as a sign of their dignity as human beings, each of us known by God by Name and created in His Image and Likeness.”

Following the close of Mass, pro-lifers present “went to where the aborted babies were resting to offer prayers,” and some “laid their hands in prayer on the refrigerator door.”

In the days following this funeral, Handy and her fellow pro-lifers were taken into custody by the FBI in relation to their October 2020 rescue, which also took place at the D.C. Surgi-Clinic. A secretly convened grand jury charged the pro-lifers with “conspiracy against rights and a FACE Act offense,” which could see each of the nine pro-lifers indicted face up to 11 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $350,000. 

They were later released and are awaiting hearings. 

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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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Following the initial funeral and the subsequent arrest, the priest was given the remains of “approximately 100 1st trimester” babies that had been retrieved by Handy and Bukanovic on March 25. Due to Handy’s arrest and the subsequent media attention on the five older babies, the pro-lifers were concerned that the other babies would not be treated “in a dignified manner,” or worse still, end up back in the medical waste center. 

As such, the 1st trimester babies were then buried using the Rite of Christian Burial on Friday April 1.


The priest involved told LifeSite that a public memorial Mass might happen in the near future. 

Meanwhile, another Catholic priest, Father David Nix, said that the five late-term babies were “the largest babies killed that I have ever seen pictures of. I really am not sure if it’s abortion or infanticide, which clearly explains the urgency of the left to pin this on pro-lifers who were turning in bodies who died by possible infanticide.”

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