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An agenda other than justice

The Biden Justice Department shows its partisan stripes in abortion decisions

Protesters from Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising demonstrate outside the Supreme Court, Friday, April 21. Associated Press/Photo by Jacquelyn Martin

An agenda other than justice
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The Biden Justice Department has no interest in investigating more than 88 attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers, but it will easily pursue harsh sentences for pro-life activists who protest at a late-term abortion facility known for killing full-term infants. 

In 2013, abortionist Dr. Cesar Santangelo assured a 24-week pregnant woman that he would not intervene to save the life of her baby if her second-trimester abortion didn’t successfully kill the child. 

A Live Action investigator filmed an appointment with Santangelo and captured his admission, which he admitted several times, on camera. As a result of this evidence, combined with evidence of full-term, aborted babies found in the clinic’s “medical waste,” activists were compelled to take action.  

The aborted baby bodies were discovered after the clinic protest but proved what activists suspected at the time was true: that Santangelo was killing full-term, born-alive infants. Furthermore, a woman died after fetal tissue was found in her lungs after an abortion at Santangelo’s office. 

This week, five pro-life activists who protested against Santangelo’s practice were found guilty of conspiracy and of violating the FACE (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances) Act. They are looking at up to 11 years in prison, while Santangelo continues to work with a valid medical license. 

In 2020, pro-life activists, some of whom would later join the group Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), live-streamed their entrance into the Washington (D.C.) Surgi-Clinic. It's there that Santangelo advertises abortion services up to 27 weeks. 

The group went into the clinic and sat praying and singing. The group avoided all violence. But police were called within minutes of the protest and arrived on the scene, as evidenced in the livestream video. 

Despite vigorous action against these protestors, no one has faced charges for the murder of the five babies. The D.C. police department did not commission autopsies, saying the babies “were aborted in accordance with D.C. law,” and were only concerned with how the bodies were transported to another location. Though this is a different case from the FACE convictions, it showcases the deeply hypocritical and biased nature of these proceedings. 

The Biden Department of Justice rejects any notion of real justice for the babies or the women harmed by Santangelo’s barbaric practices.

The Biden Department of Justice rejects any notion of real justice for the babies or the women harmed by Santangelo’s barbaric practices. The prosecutors only seek to punish pro-lifers. This pattern also describes some judges.

U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly refused to admit the video evidence of Santangelo’s admission that he would violate federal law by not assisting an infant born alive. She claimed the video could be “heavily edited” and “gossip from propagandists.” Live Action, however, always releases the full, unedited raw footage of their investigations. Kollar-Kotelly also refused to allow photos of the dead babies into the courtroom. 

These images are key, as they demonstrate the true horrors of illegal, late-term abortions and born-alive infants. Few abortion advocates will comment on the case because of the undeniable inhumanity in full view. One need only glance at the images of the recovered baby bodies, several fully intact and one with an eye fully open, to know a murder has occurred. It would have been detrimental to Judge Kollar-Kotelly’s clear pro-abortion agenda to admit them as evidence.

Without understanding the motive behind the pro-life activists’ actions, the jury cannot fairly judge them. By not allowing critical evidence into the courtroom, this judge tainted the case and unfairly charged these individuals. 

“If a child is drowning in a pool, and you have to trespass in order to save that child, that’s not a crime,” said PAAU member Herb Geraghty, who was charged this week. “To be clear, the crime they’re accusing me of is being in a building they didn’t want me to be in.”

For this, Geraghty and the others could face up to 11 years in prison and $350,000 in fines. Santangelo, on the other hand, walks free and gets paid for fatally cutting umbilical cords and dismembering viable babies. 

Pro-abortion activists, also known as Democrats apparently, (most of them voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act), don’t want to touch the case. The admission that infants who survive abortion should be given care would topple their house-of-cards defense of unlimited “reproductive healthcare.”

The actions of the pro-life activists were peaceful and reasonable in light of a justice system that refuses to do its job by removing the medical license of this doctor. But the DOJ is maliciously ensuring that pro-lifers pay for their crime of upholding human dignity.

Ericka Andersen

Ericka Andersen is a freelance writer and mother of two living in Indianapolis. She is the author of Leaving Cloud 9 and Reason to Return: Why Women Need the Church & the Church Needs Women. Ericka hosts the Worth Your Time podcast. She has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Christianity Today, USA Today, and more.

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