The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) allegedly instructed the ACLJ through e mail that it will not dispose of the child our bodies on Friday, the Daily Signal reported. The OCME didn’t present a timeline to the ACLJ, “but it did refer to a long queue of people and organizations who have been making demands on the medical examiner, such as the slew of lawmakers who have demanded that OCME retain the baby remains,” in response to the report.
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Rodney Adams, the overall counsel for the OCME, didn’t reply to Breitbart News’s request for touch upon Friday earlier than publication.
Earlier this week, an legal professional representing pro-life activist Lauren Handy instructed Breitbart News the D.C. Medical Examiner was anticipated to destroy the stays of 5 late-term aborted infants whom activists imagine could have been partially aborted or killed after beginning in violation of federal regulation. Thomas More Society senior counsel Martin Cannon instructed Breitbart News that the D.C. Medical Examiner allegedly determined to maneuver ahead with disposal after the Biden administration made clear it had no want for his or her stays.
In an announcement through e mail on Thursday, Rodney Adams denied any dialogue of the case between the Medical Examiner’s Office and the Department of Justice (DOJ) particularly and didn’t reply to additional questioning. The DOJ additionally declined to reply.
In addition to a stress marketing campaign from attorneys, Republican lawmakers, and pro-life organizations, the ACLJ represented Rev. Patrick Mahoney and despatched a letter on his behalf to the D.C. Office of the Medical Examiner. Mahoney and his spouse volunteered to take custody of the infants to provide them a correct funeral and burial.
The ACLJ stated on Friday that it was getting ready to file an emergency writ of mandamus on behalf of Mahoney and contacted officers “one final time,” after they “received assurances that the D.C. government is standing down from today’s cremation.”
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“What this means is that we were successful in preventing the Biden DOJ and D.C. from destroying the evidence of potential crimes and from simultaneously blocking the honoring of these young lives with a proper burial,” the ACLJ said in a press launch.
“The D.C. government also indicated to us that they will respond to Congress’ demands. We continue to hope that D.C. will in fact conduct a formal investigation into these babies’ deaths,” the ACLJ added.
In an announcement to Breitbart News, ACLJ senior litigation counsel Olivia Summers stated that whereas they’re happy with the OCME’s determination, “it is discouraging that so much effort and publicity was required to reach this result.”
Preborn kids are, by the character of their humanity, entitled to as a lot dignity and respect as every other individual. The ACLJ works tirelessly to realize a recognition underneath the regulation of the humanity and personhood of preborn kids. This effort as we speak to guard the stays of these kids, to hunt justice for his or her deaths, and to put them to relaxation in a way they deserve is one small half of our work to achieve a spot in our nation the place all human life – regardless of its stage in growth or decline – is valued and guarded, with nobody being disadvantaged of life with out due course of.
Abortion is one of if not essentially the most divisive subjects in our nation as we speak. Much of that is because of the private and emotional points which might be concerned. But abortion isn’t a solution. It is an motion that’s irrevocable and has untold and sometimes unexpected penalties for everybody concerned. Women and youngsters deserve higher than abortion – as the problems surrounding this matter clearly reveal.
🚨🚨🚨UPDATE on the DC 5:
This is a welcome growth. We are so grateful for the work of @ACLJ, @PAAUNOW & everybody within the pro-life motion to stop this proof from being destroyed in order that justice might be sought these kids.
Their lives mattered. The combat continues pic.twitter.com/tf4AVWWWWI
— Rep. Chip Roy Press Office (@RepChipRoy) February 9, 2024
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), one of the Republican lawmakers who led his colleagues in calling on D.C. officers to cease the disposal of the child stays, additionally celebrated the information as a “welcome development.”
“We are so grateful for the work of ACLJ, PAAUNOW & everyone in the pro-life movement to prevent this evidence from being destroyed so that justice can be sought [for] these children,” Roy’s press workplace stated in an announcement to X.
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The potential disposal of the infants got here practically two years after their discovery, together with 110 earlier-term infants. Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU) activist Lauren Handy and PAAU’s founder and former govt director Terrisa Bukovinac allegedly discovered the aborted infants in a waste field in March 2022 outdoors of the Washington Surgi-Clinic, an abortion facility in Foggy Bottom notorious for late-term abortions.
The activists imagine Washington Surgi-Clinic abortionist Dr. Cesare Santangelo could have aborted the 5 late-term infants in violation of federal regulation. Their perception is bolstered by a 2012 undercover video from Live Action, which reveals Santangelo allegedly saying he wouldn’t help a child who’s born alive in a botched abortion. D.C. police beforehand told Breitbart News through e mail that Santangelo was not underneath investigation.
Bukovinac said on the time that the infants had “a range of injuries, including a fully intact girl we named Harriet, who had one eye open and an incision in the back of her neck, her brain suctioned out and her skull crushed.” PAAU stated one other little one was discovered intact, nonetheless contained in its amniotic sac.
Five days after their discovery, the DOJ charged Handy and eight different activists with conspiracy in opposition to rights and violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act in a separate incident involving a 2020 blockade on the Washington Surgi-Clinic. The activists, together with Handy, have been found responsible in August 2023 and have been sitting in an Alexandria, Virginia, jail awaiting sentencing. They resist 11 years in federal jail.
During the trial, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly notably barred Handy’s attorneys from coming into images of the infants’ stays as proof at trial. She additionally barred them from together with the undercover Live Action video, which Handy’s attorneys argued had “lasting impact” on Handy’s determination to grow to be a pro-life activist and stated is “integral to understanding Lauren’s motive that day in October 2020.”
“The condition of those babies and the circumstances under which they died is still relevant to the case,” Cannon told the Daily Signal earlier this week. “It’s pertinent to sentencing. And I’ve been making some efforts lately to find another pathologist and see what we can do. And, of course, I have advised the medical examiner’s office of that.”
On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers wrote a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding he put a halt to the disposal of the 5 infants. Cannon additionally wrote a letter on Wednesday to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, asking him to order a halt to the disposal. A coalition of 35 pro-life organizations moreover urged Congress to intervene.
— SBA Pro-Life America (@sbaprolife) February 9, 2024
Caroline Taylor Smith, Executive Director of PAAU, launched an announcement through e mail stating the “immediate outpouring of love and action for these babies this week has been overwhelming.”
“This victory today is a testament to the fact that grassroots action does work, and is needed just as much as government action. The phone calls, emails, tweets, and letters that implored Congress to act ultimately led to this win,” Smith stated. “The fight is however not over. Pressure will continue until these babies receive hearings and a proper burial. Keep up the fight!”
Katherine Hamilton is a political reporter for Breitbart News. You can comply with her on X @thekat_hamilton.