69 GOP Lawmakers Call on DOJ to Investigate Whether Dead Babies Were Killed By Illegal Partial-Birth Abortion

Michael W. Chapman | April 12, 2022 | 3:32pm EDT
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Pro-life activists in Washington, DC. (Twitter, PAAU)
Pro-life activists in Washington, D.C. (Twitter, PAAU)

(CNS News) -- Last month, a large number of aborted babies were recovered from an abortion clinic in Washington, D.C., including five children who were nearly fully developed. Pro-life activists have called on D.C. authorities to conduct autopsies of the babies to see if they were killed illegally, and 69 congressional lawmakers have called on Attorney General Merrick Garland and the FBI to investigate whether the children were killed in violation of federal law, specifically the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban of 2003. 

The April 8 letter to Attorney General Garland, spearheaded by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), states, "We are gravely concerned by allegations brought forward that suggest a pre-born baby underwent a partial-birth abortion at the Washington Surgi-Clinic in Washington, D.C. We demand that you conduct a comprehensive investigation on the circumstances surrounding the deaths of each pre-born baby."

Twenty-three senators and 46 House representatives, all Republicans, signed the letter.

The dead babies were recovered by the group Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), reportedly from a medical waste driver who gave them one of the boxes he was transporting from the Washington Surgi-Clinic in Washington, D.C.  The PAAU said they wanted to hold a funeral for the dead children and bury them. 

The group buried the remains of what appeared to be first-trimester abortions, but five of the dead babies were nearly full-term and they were turned over to the D.C. police

The lawmakers' letter notes that in addition to the Partial-Birth Abortion Act of 2003, Congress declared that "a moral, medical, and ethical consensus exists that the practice of performing a partial-birth abortion -- an abortion in which a physician deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living, unborn child's body until either the entire baby's head is outside the body of the mother, or any part of the baby's trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother and only the head remains inside the womb, for the purpose of performing an overt act (usually the puncturing of the back of the child's skull and removing the baby's brains) that the person knows will kill the partially delivered infant, performs this act, and then completes delivery of the dead infant -- is a gruesome and inhumane procedure that is never medically necessary and should be prohibited."

One of the five dead babies apparently recovered by PAAU.  (Twitter)
One of the five dead babies apparently recovered by PAAU. (Twitter)

"Photos that have been publicly shared (and are enclosed in this letter) suggest that some of these
babies may have been victims of partial-birth abortion or infanticide," said the lawmakers. "In one picture, a preborn baby girl is believed to be a victim of partial-birth abortion. Dr. Kendra Kolb, a neonatologist, estimates that this baby girl is "somewhere between 28-30 weeks gestational age, with evidence of deep
lacerations to the posterior neck, which presumably correlates to the method of abortion used to end
her life."

The letter then calls on Garland and the FBI to investigate how the nearly full-term babies were killed and whether they "were aborted in violation of federal law, specifically the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban of 2003."

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), right, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).  (Getty Images)
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), right, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). (Getty Images)

They further state, "justice demands that at the very least, an investigation be conducted to ensure that anyone conducting these illegal, abhorrent acts against the most innocent among us may be prosecuted."

In addition to Senator Lee, other signatories include Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Sen. Tedd Cruz (R-Texas), Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Sen. Roger Marshall, MD (R-Kansas), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), and Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas).  

Pro-life activists in Washington, D.C.  (Twitter, PAAU)
Pro-life activists in Washington, D.C. (Twitter, PAAU)
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