Anti-abortion group targets DC doctor | WDVM25 and DCW50

WASHINGTON (WDVM) – Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU) held a press conference outside the Washington Surgi Clinic on Wednesday, May 4, to announce a cash reward for any current or past clinic employee who agrees to testify under oath. against Dr. Cesare Santangelo, the doctor who works at the clinic.

PAAU President and Executive Director Terrisa Bukovinac said, “Your voice matters in this, and not only does it matter, but it comes with a $25,000 reward. The group believes Dr. Santangelo is violating federal abortion law inside the clinic.

“He’s just kind of one of those dark figures in the abortion world,” Bukovinac said when asked why Dr. Santangelo was being targeted. “It is known because there are very few doctors willing to abort this late in pregnancy.”

The doctor was returned to the frontline of the PAAU fight in March 2022. The group says 115 fetal remains, including five fetuses, were found in a box of medical waste from the Washington Surgi Clinic. They claim to have buried 110 of the remains in an undisclosed location.

DC police recovered five fetuses from a Capitol Hill home, and PAAU says these remains prove Dr. Santangelo is breaking federal law. No investigation has established a direct link between the doctor and the remains.

WDVM contacted Dr. Santangelo several times over several weeks, and neither he nor the clinic responded.

Bukovinac entered the clinic with two other activists to offer the award to clinic workers. Afterwards, she said, “I hope they trust us and know that this is going to happen, that this is real. We are committed to this and know that they are probably in a better position, legally, by showing up than by remaining silent.

The group is also fighting to get the city to perform autopsies on the five fetuses that are in the Medical Examiner’s Office. DC police have determined that no laws were broken in this case, but the city’s response to WDVM’s Freedom of Information Act autopsy request said, “A search has been conducted that has been reasonably calculated to uncover all relevant records based on the information provided in your request. We were unable to find any documents that matched your request. »

Outside the clinic, there was a political protest regarding abortion between PAAU and George Washington University students who rallied. While the groups disagreed on abortion, some said PAAU’s demands were valid. Sara Ragsdale explained: “To ask for these kinds of things like justice, an autopsy and malpractice research, it all seems reasonable. Like the kind of stuff anyone would want to get to the bottom of it.

In addition to Dr. Santiago and the Washington Surgi Clinic, WDVM contacted the Department of Justice and DC Police for further clarification on the status of the investigation. At the time of this article’s publication, the DOJ had responded that it does not comment on investigations or future investigations. DC police did not respond. Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a press conference on Wednesday May 4 that she was not discussing the case at this time.

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