The ‘Five Fetuses’ story just got a whole lot weirder

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

Last week in Washington, DC, police said they found 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 uprising against abortion (PAAU)—provided no response. But PAAU, a group that spear in October 2021, hinted that they had more fetuses in their possession and noted they would release more information at a press conference today.

So it happened, and the band revealed that Handy actually had not five but 115 (!!) sets of fetal remains. Handy, a self-proclaimed “catholic anarchist” which is not binary, claimed to have obtained the fetuses from a worker at a medical waste company, who said the company was arguing. The group also showed a video of people “unwrapping” and inspecting the fetal remains.

PAAU Founder and Executive Director Terrisa Bukovinac claimed at the press conference that on March 25, she and Handy were at Washington Surgi-Clinic on F Street NW to protest, saw a truck from Curtis Bay Medical Waste, approached the driver and said they would take the waste and give the remains “a proper burial”. They said the box contained 110 first-trimester fetuses, which they said they buried, and five fetuses of subsequent abortions who, on the basis of their condition, according to PAAU, violated a 2003 federal law against dilation and extraction (D&X) abortions. But they couldn’t find a private pathologist to confirm those claims, so they alerted DC police on March 29 to request an investigation into their deaths.

Another speaker, Missy Smith, claimed that “Curtis Bay Energy states on its website that it burns biomedical waste to meet the energy needs of the Baltimore area. This tragically means that they receive, transfer and burn the corpses of aborted babies to generate electricity for households and businesses in the Baltimore area.

Curtis Bay did not respond to Jezebel’s request for comment, but in a declaration the company provided to 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 Cremation Facility. At no time did the Curtis Bay employee turn over any of these packages to PAAU or any other third party, and any allegation made otherwise is false. As stated in customer agreements and company policy, customers like Washington Surgi-Clinic are prohibited from disposing of fetuses and human remains through Curtis Bay services. Curtis Bay provides customers with medical waste bags and boxes for use in accordance with applicable law, customer agreements, and company policy. Curtis Bay continues to cooperate fully with law enforcement.

Stepping back for a second: The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Recount Jezebel had received a tip about biohazard material at an apartment in the 400 block of 6th Street, SE, Capitol Hill. The medical examiner collected the material on March 30 and the following day police confirmed that what they had collected was fetus. Also last week, the Ministry of Justice announcement faced by Handy and eight others federal royalties for blocking the Washington Surgi-Clinic on F Street NW in October 2020. They each face up to a maximum of 11 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $350,000. Handy, 28, from Alexandria, Va., also invaded the clinics of Virginia and Michigan with the Red Rose Rescue group.

After the news of the five fetuses came out, PAAU said in a declaration that one of the federal defendants arranged for DC police to retrieve the evidence and job a photo of a letter from a lawyer informing the police of the existence of fetuses from subsequent abortions. The group also called the people who received the fetuses “whistleblowers”.

Skeptical people might look at this information and think, Huh, they called a tip on themselves, used the term whistleblower, and excited an upcoming press conference. How much does it look like Jacob Wohl and James O’Keefe are known to do!

Here is some other information that skeptics might find interesting:

They have ties to the discredited Center for Medical Progress

Jezebel obtained the full text of the letter sent to the MPD by a right-wing lawyer named Steve Cooley, who told Jezebel by email that he does not represent Handy or PAAU. Cooley previously represented David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress in legal proceedings stemming from the band’s July 2015 release of Surreptitiously Filmed and misleadingly edited videos conversations with Planned Parenthood employees. The CMP attempted to slander the organization by calling it a “baby body parts seller” when in fact they were facilitating the transfer of make a donation fetal tissue to medical researchers. CMP’s videos generated a coverage storm and, in November 2015, a man who turned a Colorado Planned Parenthood health center, killing three people and injuring nine, muttered “more baby partsto investigators.

Daleiden himself is amplify The false declarations of the PAAU during its press conference on social networks.

They work with violent harassers in the clinic

Randall Terry, who is the UPA media representative and who moderated today’s press conference, is the founder of the now defunct clinical harassment group Operation Rescue. In 2002, Operation Rescue moved to Wichita, Kansas, with the stated goal to later put the abortion provider, Dr. George Tiller, out of business. An anti-abortion extremist assassinated Dr. Tiller in the home of his church in 2009 and, the next day, Terry noted “Pro-life leaders and the pro-life movement are not responsible for the death of George Tiller. George Tiller was a mass murderer and, horribly, he reaped what he sowed. Terry appeared in a 2010 Rachel Maddow documentary about the murder saying the group’s strategy was to “find out where the child killer lives. Find out where his wife gets her hair done. Several speakers at the press conference named the Washington Surgi-Clinic provider multiple times – Jezebel chooses not to name him due to violence against abortion providers.

Group claims do not verify

A reporter at the press conference asked if PAAU had video of the alleged exchange with the Curtis Bay driver, and Bukovinac replied no. Another reporter read the company statement and asked Bukovinac to respond and she said the driver had already scanned the boxes before approaching him. She added: “I don’t know if Curtis Bay is lying or if he just scanned them already, and so they’re counting them… it’s certainly possible that they don’t know what’s inside of them. the box. It is possible that [the doctor] was in breach of his contract with Curtis Bay by putting these [fetuses] in this box. But one of them is wrong, one of them has to be held accountable.

This is not how the chain of custody of evidence works – no one can prove where the fetuses came from, and Curtis Bay disputes that they came from the clinic. It’s like Matt Gaetz claiming he put “Hunter Biden’s laptop” on the Congressional docket.

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

Ashan Benedict, Deputy Executive Police Chief of the MPD, noted in one press conference last week that “these fetuses were aborted under DC law, so we are not investigating this incident in that sense. There doesn’t seem to be anything criminal about it at the moment except for how they got into that house, so we’ll continue to look at that.

What does PAAU have to gain here?

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

Terry made this strategy somewhat explicit by comparing DC’s abortion provider to the notorious Kermit Gosnell while branding Handy a hero facing unfair punishment. “Gosnell – many of you know the Philadelphia abortionist – he is in prison for the rest of his life without parole because he performed abortions like this and [the DC provider] is a criminal. These people are heroes and they risk prison and [the DC provider] is a mass murderer on the loose while the DOJ persecutes innocent people.

Second, the group is likely using grim images of fetuses from abortions later in pregnancy to gain more support for banning second- and third-trimester abortion. By the end of June, the Supreme Court is widely expected to uphold a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks, otherwise to spill Roe vs. Wade entirely. Even a the wall street journal survey published this week suggested that while a majority of Americans want abortion to remain legal in all or most 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 fetal personality, which would ban all abortions. Stunts like this are an entertaining sideshow.

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