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Protesting Infanticide in Foggy Bottom


It’s hard to be relaxed when you’ve heard there is a doctor upstairs doing late-term abortions, who is willing to let a child die there if it manages to survive the brutal procedure.        

That might be the message to take from Lila Rose’s announcement Wednesday that she is meeting with the board of directors of the building on F Street, N.W., in Washington, D.C., that houses Washington’s Surgi-Clinic, which was featured in an investigative video released by Live Action Monday.

The first floor of the glass-fronted office building has the word “Relaxed” written in white lettering. It’s the name of a spa. Tanning on the first floor. Death on the fourth.

Rose, the group’s founder and president, was joined by Americans United for Life, Students for Life, the Susan B. Anthony List, and 40 Days for Life Wednesday afternoon for a rally outside the clinic, adjacent to a George Washington University student dorm. 

The chill in the air at the time of the rally could have been a barometric commentary on events. As was the sun, as light is being shed on what’s going on inside abortion-clinic walls, on account of the Gosnell trial and Live Action’s work. 

“We can do better than late-term abortion,” Rose said, calling for further investigation into this particular clinic, and prosecution of Dr. Cesare Santangelo, who unwittingly starred in Live Action’s investigative video released Monday. The video shows Santangelo explaining to an undercover Live Action reporter that “obviously you came in here for a certain procedure” so “we would not help it” should “it” — the child — manage to come out breathing or moving . . . alive. He subsequently dismissed the group’s tactics as terrorism in comments to the Washington Post.

As we saw in the video from F Street, Kermit Gosnell is far from the only one who believes that if you walk into a clinic for an abortion, at whatever late stage, you should walk out knowing your baby is dead.

A “war on women” is happening inside these clinics, said Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser. Charmaine Yoest, the president of Americans United for Life, asked the media to investigate abortion clinics, while praising the work Lila Rose and Live Action are doing and likening her to Upton Sinclair.

The most moving testimony came from Melissa Ohden, who survived a saline-infusion abortion 35 years ago.

“When I hear things like, ‘flush it down the toilet’ or ‘leave it to die,’ it horrifies me,” she said. With full knowledge that she could have ended up like “Dr. Gosnell’s prize possessions in his house of horrors,” she expresses gratitude for “the medical professionals who found me after my biological mother’s failed abortion and provided me with medical care that sustained my life.”

She pled with the abortion industry to acknowledge the existence of people like herself who have survived abortions, urging doctors to treat live infants as patients rather than leaving them for dead — or worse, in the case of Gosnell. 

Forty years of Roe has done this to us. Mothers have a right to a dead baby as an exercise of feminism’s grave view of freedom. As speaker after speaker insisted, we’ve got to do better than this. 

Nurse Jill Stanek, who for 14 years has been shedding light on the plight of infants left to die after botched abortions after holding one she found at Christ (!) Hospital where she worked in Illinois. She asked them to stop the practice. They refused, which led to her life of pro-life activism. It also led to state senator Barack Obama’s opposing legislation that would protect these newborns.

The Surgi-Clinic investigation is part of Live Action’s “Inhuman” campaign highlighting infanticide in abortion clinics across the country. The videos released this week — there is another one coming later today — show abortion-clinic staff talking about the procedures for dealing with babies who survive late-term abortions.

David Bereit, who runs 40 Days for Life, which organizes prayer vigils outside abortion clinics, said at the rally that we are at a “tipping point” where “the inhumanity of the abortion industry is being exposed.” The “ideology of abortion,” he said, “has failed.”

Students at George Washington University’s Catholic Newman Center have been praying outside the clinic for four years – usually about ten students, on Tuesday nights. This week, the numbers increased, as they watched some of their prayers be answered.


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