Father Frank's Alerts

Demand autopsies for babies aborted in D.C.

April 20, 2022

Dear Friends,

I received a call on March 26th from one of my colleagues in the pro-life movement. She, and another woman whom I’ve also known for years, were praying in front of the DC abortion mill called Washington Surgi-Clinic on the previous day and something astonishing happened.

The medical waste truck pulled up to pick up the dead bodies of the aborted babies. (I know what that’s like; it has happened to our Executive Director Janet Morana and I in various cities, and on those occasions I have blessed the bodies in the trucks and we’ve even asked to take the bodies, but were refused.)

But last month, when my colleagues asked for one of the boxes, the driver gave it to them! They called me and a few other pro-life leaders to discuss what the next steps should be.

Long story short, there were 115 babies in the box. Most of the babies – 110 of them – were killed in early abortions at the, and an out-of-state burial was arranged and carried out, after the babies were carefully photographed.

The other five, however, were obviously killed in the latter months of pregnancy, and were brought to the DC authorities on the suspicion that some federal laws may have been broken in these abortions.

For example, federal law does prohibit the partial-birth abortion procedure. Was that procedure used nevertheless? We don’t know. Why we want the Medical Examiner to do an autopsy.

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police said the babies “were aborted in accordance with D.C. law.” This of course begs the question; how would she know? Has she been to medical school? Does she even know what partial-birth abortion is or why it’s banned?

The activists who retrieved the babies are now, of course, being smeared as “the bad guys” (again, I know the feeling, like when I showed the aborted baby prior to the 2016 elections and hypocrites claimed I was the one who had done something wrong).

But it is the abortion mill that has to be held to account – first of all, morally, because none of these 115 babies should have been killed – and secondly, legally, because if any laws were broken, that should not be covered up.

The US Congress has oversight of the District of Columbia, and therefore dozens of our Republican friends in Congress have called for something to be done.

In a letter to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Robert Contee III, Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford (R. -OK) and other members pointed out that the police official who determined the abortions were legal “made this assumption without conducting any medical evaluations.” The senators and members of the House who signed this letter want the D.C. medical examiner to conduct autopsies on these babies.

That’s what we want, too.

On Friday, April 8th, Priests for Life hosted a rally in front of the Medical Examiner’s office, in league with several other pro-life groups. Our youth director, Bryan Kemper, served as emcee. Speaker after speaker demanded that autopsies be performed.

Will you help us reach out to the appropriate officials in Washington and demand autopsies for these babies?

As you continue through this action alert you’ll be letting me know of your willingness to do this, and then you will see the contact information to use.

The abortion-friendly media has already moved on from the story so it’s up to us now. These babies’ lives matter, at least to us. If their deaths were considered homicide under the laws of the U.S., then we must have justice.

Please act today, and please pass along this email to as many others you know who may be interested.

Thank you for being part of the Priests for Life Family!


Fr. Frank Pavone

Fr. Frank Pavone

National Director, Priests for Life

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