WASHINGTON (WDVM) – Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), the organization of which anti-abortion activist Lauren Handy is a part, held a press conference on Tuesday, April 5 to give details of the five fetuses recovered from the home of Handy. by the Metropolitan Police Department on Wednesday, March 30.
According to Handy and PAAU Executive Director Terrisa Bukovinac, the five recovered fetuses were acquired on Friday, March 25, along with 110 other fetal remains. Bukovinac explained that she and Handy went to the Washington Surgi Clinic to advocate against abortions.
Bukovinac said upon arriving at the clinic, they saw a Curtis Bay Medical Waste Services truck parked outside.
“We approached the driver who was about to load two large boxes with biohazard symbols onto his truck,” she said.
At that time, Bukovinac said he informed the driver that the boxes had “dead babies” inside.
“The driver was visibly shaken. After he confirmed that the boxes were from Washington Surgi, I asked him, “Would you get in trouble if we took one of these boxes?” Bucovinac explained. “And he said, ‘What would you do if you took one?’ Lauren said, “We’ll give them a proper burial and funeral.” The driver thought for a second and said, “Okay.
According to the women, they took the box back to Handy’s home and unpacked it to find 115 separate fetal remains.
WDVM contacted Curtis Bay Medical Waste Services several times with no response. However, according to the Waste Management Plan Client Guide, fetal remains are not an acceptable form of waste.
The guide said: “Fetal remains and human cadavers should be separated from the medical waste stream and buried or incinerated in accordance with all applicable state and local regulations.”
Handy and Bukovinac claim to have held a baptismal ceremony and funeral service for the recovered remains. The 110 missing fetuses were buried in an undisclosed location, according to Bukovinac.
Handy kept the five fetuses that were more developed and coordinated for police to retrieve after they were unable to find an independent source to perform an autopsy on the remains.
Handy said, “Phoenix, Harriet, Christopher X, Angel and Holly, the children featured in the news thus far, were so advanced in their gestational ages and the patterns of their injuries suggest violent federal crimes.”
The group is calling on the Justice Department to investigate whether the Partial Abortion Act and the Infants Born Alive Protection Act were violated by Dr. Cesare Santangelo and the Washington Surgi Clinic.
According to local laws, no crime has been committed.