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The story of the “Five Fetuses” has gotten much stranger now

Randall Terry, Terrisa Bukovinac and Lauren Handy at a PAAU press conference in Washington, DC on April 5, 2022.

Last week, Washington, DC police said they found her five human fetuses in the basement of anti-abortion activist Lauren Handy. Needless to say, people have a lot of questions about this situation, and Handy – the director of activism at Progressive anti-abortion uprising (PAAU) – did not provide any answers. But PAAU, a group that started indicated in October 2021 that they have more fetuses in their possession and called They would release more information at a press conference today.

So that’s what happened, and the group revealed that Handy actually had not five, but 115 (!!) sets of fetal remains. Handy, a self-described “Catholic anarchist‘, who is non-binary, claimed that he got the fetuses from a worker at a medical waste company, which the company denies. The group also shared video of people “unwrapping” and inspecting the fetal remains.

PAAU Founder and CEO Terrisa Bukovinac claimed at the press conference that she and Handy were at the Washington Surgi Clinic on F Street NW on March 25 to protest, saw a Curtis Bay Medical Waste truck, spoke to the driver and would have said they had taken the rubbish and given the remains “a proper burial”. They said the box contained 110 first-trimester fetuses they allegedly buried and five fetuses from later abortions that PAAU, based on their condition, suggested violating a 2003 federal law against dilation and extraction (D&X) abortions. But they couldn’t find a private pathologist to corroborate these claims, so on March 29 they alerted DC police to request an inquest into her death.

Another speaker, Missy Smith, claimed that “Curtis Bay Energy states on their website that they incinerate biomedical waste to meet the Baltimore area’s energy needs. Tragically, this means they receive, transfer and incinerate the bodies of aborted babies to generate electricity for homes and businesses in the Baltimore area.”

Curtis Bay did not respond to Jezebel’s request for comment, but in a statement The company provided WUSA9, it denied the allegations made at the press conference:

“On March 25, a Curtis Bay employee took custody of three packages from the Washington Surgery Center (Washington Surgi-Clinic) and delivered them all to the Curtis Bay incinerator. At no time did the Curtis Bay employee deliver any of these packages to the PAAU or any other third party, and all claims otherwise made are false. As stated in client agreements and company policies, clients such as Washington Surgi-Clinic are prohibited from disposing of fetuses and human remains through Curtis Bay’s services. Curtis Bay provides medical waste bags and boxes to its customers for use in accordance with applicable law, customer agreements and company policies. Curtis Bay continues to cooperate fully with law enforcement.”

Step back for a second: The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) told Jezebel it had received a tip about biohazardous material in an apartment on the 400 block of 6th Street, SE, on Capitol Hill. The coroner collected the material on March 30, and the police the next day Confirmed that what they had collected were fetuses. Also last week the Department of Justice announced faced the cell phone and eight others federal fees for the October 2020 blockade of the Washington Surgi clinic on F Street NW. Each faces up to 11 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $350,000. Handy, 28, of Alexandria, Virginia, has also entered clinics Virginia and Michigan with the group Red Rose Rescue.

After news of the five fetuses broke, PAAU said in a statement that one of the federal defendants arranged for the DC police to take the evidence and Posted a photograph of a letter from a lawyer notifying police of the existence of the fetuses from subsequent abortions. The group also characterized the people who received the fetuses as “whistleblowers.”

Skeptics might look at this information and think Huh, they made a reference to themselves, used the term “whistleblower” and hyped an upcoming press conference. Sounds like something Jacob Wohl and James O’Keefe are known for it!

Here is some other information that skeptical people might find interesting:

You have ties to the discredited Center for Medical Progress

Jezebel received the full text of the letter sent to MPD by a right-wing attorney named Steve Cooley, who emailed Jezebel to say he does not represent Handy or PAAU. Cooley previously represented David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress in lawsuits related to the July 2015 release of Secretly Filmed by the Group deceptively edited videos of interviews with Planned Parenthood staff. CMP tried to slander the organization as “selling baby body parts,” when in fact they facilitated the transfer of baby parts donated fetal tissue for medical researchers. CMP’s videos generated a firestorm of media coverage, and in November 2015, a man who shot up a Colorado Planned Parenthood health center, killed three and wounded nine, muttered “no more baby parts‘ to the investigators.

It is Daleiden itself amplifying PAAU’s false claims from its social media press conference.

They work with violent clinic molesters

Randall Terry, who serves as PAAU’s media representative and moderated today’s press conference, is the founder the now defunct clinic harassment group Operation Rescue. In 2002, Operation Rescue relocated to Wichita, Kansas declared goal the later abortion provider Dr. Putting George Tiller out of business. An anti-abortion extremist murdered Dr. tiller in the foyer of his church in 2009 and Terry the day after called “Pro-life leaders and the pro-life movement are not responsible for George Tiller’s death. George Tiller was a mass murderer, and horribly he reaped what he sowed.” Terry appeared in 2010’s Rachel Maddow documentary said of the murder that the group’s strategy was “to find out where the child killer lives. Find out where his wife is getting her hair done.” Several speakers at the press conference named the doctor at the Washington Surgi Clinic multiple times—Jezebel chooses not to name him for that reason Violence against abortion providers.

The group’s entitlements are not checked out

A reporter at the press conference asked if PAAU had video of the alleged exchange with the Curtis Bay driver, and Bukovinac said it didn’t. Another reporter read the company’s statement and asked Bukovinac for a response. She said the driver had already scanned the boxes before they approached him. She added, “I’m not sure if Curtis Bay is lying or if he just scanned them already and so they’re counting on them… there’s definitely a possibility they don’t know what’s in the box. It is possible that [the doctor] breached his contract with Curtis Bay by setting these [fetuses] in this box. But one of them is wrong, one of them needs to be held accountable.”

That’s not how the chain of evidence works — no one can prove where the fetuses came from, and Curtis Bay denies they came from the clinic. It’s like Matt Gaetz claiming he put “Hunter Biden’s laptop” on the Congressional Records.

Another reporter asked how PAAU knew the abortions were not performed to save the pregnant person’s life, which is allowed exception under the 2003 D&X ban. “We don’t know, which is exactly why we contacted the police and asked for an autopsy,” she said, ignoring that performing an autopsy on a fetus does not indicate the presence of any health problems in the pregnant woman person would indicate.

MPD Deputy Police Chief Ashan Benedict said in a press conference last week that “these fetuses were aborted in accordance with DC law, so we are not investigating this incident in that vein. There doesn’t seem to be anything criminal about that at the moment other than how they got into this house and so we’ll look at that further.”

What does PAAU have to gain here?

First, false claims about things like burning fetal remains for electricity certainly distract from the fact that Handy and eight others are in front of more than 10 years in prison for blocking the same abortion clinic in 2020.

Terry made this strategy a little clearer by comparing the DC abortion provider to the notorious Kermit Gosnel while calling Handy a hero facing unfair punishment. “Gosnell – many of you know the abortionist in Philadelphia – he’s in prison for the rest of his life without parole for performing abortions like this and [the DC provider] is a criminal. These people are heroes and they face jail and [the DC provider] is a mass murderer on the loose while the DOJ goes after the innocent.”

Second, the group is likely using lurid images of fetuses from later-in-pregnancy abortions to rally more support for banning second- and third-trimester abortions. By the end of June, the Supreme Court is widely expected to uphold a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks if not tip over Roe v. calf all. even one Wall Street Journal opinion poll This week’s results suggested that while a majority of Americans want abortion to remain legal in all or more cases, more people supported a 15-week ban than opposed it.

But of course, anti-abortion groups like PAAU don’t want to stop at 15 weeks—they believe in it fetal personalitythat would ban all abortions. Stunts like this are a distracting sideshow.

https://jezebel.com/the-five-fetuses-story-just-got-a-lot-weirder-1848750965 The story of the “Five Fetuses” has gotten much stranger now

Andrew Schnitker

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