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(LifeSiteNews) – The story is reminiscent of one of the final scenes in the dystopian book The Giver by Lois Lowry. Except it is all too real. The news report’s headline reads: “Woman Kills Herself in Assisted Suicide in Church Sanctuary, Church Holds Ceremony to Celebrate.”

And, yes, that is literally what happened. According to the article, “The Churchill Park United Church of Winnipeg held what it described as a ‘Crossing Over Ceremony’ in which an 86-year-old . . . ended her life through an assisted suicide in the church sanctuary.”

It went on to say that the church’s minister said that it “‘seemed appropriate’ to hold the ceremony in the sanctuary, as churches are often ‘host and home to all the raggedness of our lives and to some of our significant life rituals: baptism, marriage, ordination, funeral or memorial services.’”

So now we are making murder a life ritual?

This terminally ill woman received a lethal injection and died surrounded by friends and family – in a church.

She should have been the recipient of compassion, care, and kindness. Instead, she was the recipient of a lethal injection that took her life.

In The Giver, by Lois Lowry, young Jonas, who is studying to be the receiver of all the community’s memories, finds out what happens to young infants and the elderly when they are “released.” He had always heard about the Ceremony of Release, but he had never been allowed to see one. In his young and naïve mind, he pictured a loving and warm goodbye ceremony where the person was simply sent off to live in some other community.

But a Ceremony of Release is death by lethal injection. Sounds eerily similar to a Crossing Over Ceremony, doesn’t it?

When Jonas found out, he was not only angry but sickened. He couldn’t believe that many people within the community never knew this happened. The Giver looked him in the eye and said: “It’s the life that was created for them.”

In other words, the powers that be in the community kept the people blind, dumb, and stupid so they would not see the egregious atrocities they not only advocated but executed (yes, pun intended).

Today’s society is in danger of doing the same thing. We are creating a mentality within our society that teaches that there is nothing sacred about human life and that it can be snuffed out at will. Maybe it’s before birth, after a horrible accident, as a result of a terrible illness, or maybe it’s in the twilight years: This culture-of-death mentality says that we have the right to determine when someone else will die.

We do not have this right.

Our job as human beings is to lovingly care for the sick, the young, the poor, and the disabled. Our job is to help them feel valued. Telling people that they can end—or help end—a life is not only wrong but disturbing.

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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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Church teaching has always upheld the truth that we must not hasten death. Indeed, the Catechism of the Catholic Churchstates: “Direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable. Thus an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator.”

The preborn and those who are sick, elderly, dying, or disabled have just as much value as someone who is young, vibrant, and healthy. God loves us all equally. And as He loves us, so we must love others.

They say that truth is stranger than fiction. So it is here. Lowry’s book can and should have served as a warning about what can happen in a society where people become only commodities rather than cherished members of society. We have not yet heeded her warning. Indeed, we have fallen right into that trap. A society of people led by the blind, dumb, and stupid becomes a society of people who are blind, dumb, and stupid. And we scratch our heads wondering what happened.

At times like this, we must remember that evil triumphs when good men do nothing.

For too long, we have done nothing. Standing up is hard. Speaking out is hard. Telling the truth is hard. But they’re all necessary.

So let us learn from these stories what will happen to a society that remains blind, that devalues human beings, and that kills people at will. It becomes a society devoid of goodness, devoid of love, and devoid of God.

This isn’t the society I want to live in. Do you?

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